Ayreen Anastas: At the beginning there was air. A biography without a name. And then there was walking, on a bridge arbitrarily constructed, a bridge spanning between two banks of void. A passageway, a bridgeway and two empty envelopes. And then there was crossing, on the bridge of language: a waymaking. Going from here to there, from there to here. What is given to the world and what is received from it. How did I get lost? How did we get lost? A biography is the rushing from one side to the other side of the void – a busy-ness she refuses to adhere-to, to obey, to achieve or to accomplish.
Rene Gabri: This short note is written on Thursday September 26 initiated exactly at 3am at the 66th street stop, while on the Bronx Bound 1 Train. It is the kind of day that crows don’t crow anymore. It’s the kind of day that the scandal is no longer scandalous. A pan shot widens to show a landscape without landscape, a waterfall without water, a cowboy, a buffalo, a mortuary, a noose, a jury hung. A day without justice and without breath. A day which exceeds itself in delivering the night. A day not unlike itself, a day like any other. It is a judgment day without judgment. It is a hell without the heaven. It is a day of reckoning with nothing. And thus the fullest day. A day full of biographies whose lives escape them. 3:21, 157th street.
During their residency, Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri will be looking into different struggles for reclaiming the common(s) and the convergence of those struggles to the bases of our everyday reproduction, including food. Their exhibition at our partners The Showroom will open on 25 February–29 March
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