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Issue #7 [documenta 14 #2]

Silence as resistance; masks as resistance. Both, perhaps paradoxically, as means to act and to speak, as modes of aesthetic and political participation. If words and images can be put to the service of critical inquiry, silence and masks, while withdrawing the claim on self-evident truth, can help give sharp contours to political statement, testifying to the need to address the real—without, however, falling into the pitfalls of direct representation. In essay and allegory, artist projects and conversation, poetry and fiction, this second volume of the documenta 14 South as a State of Mind explores issues of masking identity and silencing dissent, orality and recognition, indigeneity and exile, provenance and repatriation, and colonial and gendered violence. We examine and don masks, understanding them as historical and contemporary means of occlusion or subversion often employed to defy the ways in which our bodies are unequally accorded basic rights in the dehumanizing nexus and global economy of citizenship, geography, race, and gender. In parallel, we survey silence—one of the many masks of language—as a response to the empty authority and authoritarianism of so much communication, a long linguistic flood of nationalistic propaganda, neoliberal preaching, and coded violence. Indeed, we know silence as a necessary aspect of language, as a way to propose a kind of radical reception. For to be silent suggests not only resistance but recipience and recognition. As Stathis Gourgouris observes, “One listens to the universe before anything else.” Withholding or receptive, adorned and defiant, often displaced and transforming, the voices and bodies that fill this volume of South demonstrate that silence and masks are often the means by which aesthetics and politics, cultural production and political protest, meet and cross over. “But who is speaking in this room full of eyes?” Alejandra Pizarnik asks. “Who gnaws with a mouth made of paper? Names that come up, shadows with masks.” We wish you good reading.

 

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Nesting II (2000), Polaroid Polacolor Pro 20 x 24 photographs, triptych, 73.65 x 60.95 cm each (detail)

Issue #6 [documenta 14 #1]

Possession and dispossession, displacement and debt—it seems like the stories that condition our present are inextricably born out of the stories that conditioned our past. The first of four special issues of South as a State of Mind, temporarily reconfigured as the documenta 14 journal, examines forms and figures of displacement and dispossession, and the modes of resistance—aesthetic, political, literary, biological—found within them. New essays, both literary and visual, consider dispossession as a historical and contemporary condition, and its connections to archaeology and architecture, coloniality and performativity, debt and imperialism, provenance and restitution, feminism and protest. Featured too are historical documents of displacement and debt, as well as a photo essay on the building and burning of knowledge that explores libraries and temples, our edifices of learning and power, as emblems of hegemony as well as shelters for ideas. While the intensity of our present political conditions and the challenges of our global economic world order cannot be overstated (“Am I exaggerating? Perhaps I am under-exaggerating,” as poet Bhanu Kapil writes in our pages), still the means of protest are rich, diverse. The collective of voices here, and the often dissident and marginalized histories they limn and draw from, offer an alternative cartography and chorus; in so doing, we imagine that they might allow us to delineate alternatives to our untenable present and unclear future. “The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot,” writes Audre Lorde. We hope so.

 

 

Sven Stilinović, Marx and Stilinović (1980), three black-and-white photographs, sheet of paper with text, corduroy cover (detail)

About

South as a State of Mind is a magazine that was founded by Marina Fokidis in Athens in 2012. Beginning in 2015, the magazine temporarily becomes the documenta 14 journal, publishing four special issues biannually until the opening of the exhibition in Athens and Kassel in 2017. These special issues are edited by Quinn Latimer, documenta 14’s editor-in-chief of publications, and documenta 14 artistic director Adam Szymczyk. The documenta 14 South is conceived as a place of research, critique, art, and literature that parallels the years of work on the d14 exhibition overall, one that helps define and frame its concerns and aims. As such, the journal is a manifestation of documenta 14 rather than a discursive lens through which to merely presage the topics to be addressed in the eventual exhibition. Writing and publishing, in all their forms, are an integral part of documenta 14, and the journal heralds that process. The online edition of the d14 South as a State of Mind features select content from the print magazine, as well as occasional additional commissions specifically conceived for the digital platform.

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South as a State of Mind #7 [documenta 14 #2]

Editors
Quinn Latimer, Adam Szymczyk

Founding Director
Marina Fokidis

Managing Editor
Katrin Sauerländer

Associate Editor
Domenick Ammirati

Greek Editor
Dimitris Politakis

Editorial Assistants
Annie Buenker, Laura Preston

Picture Editor
Jonas Raam

Copy Editor
Ben Eastham

Proofreaders
Annie Buenker, Laura Preston

Communication
Henriette Gallus

Translations to English (Print)
Regina José Galindo, Moni Oseida, and Nora Perez (Galindo); Gerald Moore and Ulli Beier (Senghor); Sandra Reid (Benfodil, Deliss/Keck); Yvette Siegert (Pizarnik); Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Devi)

Design Printed Magazine
Mevis & Van Deursen, Amsterdam
with Marius Schwarz

Lithography
Printmanagement Plitt GmbH, Oberhausen

Printing
Fotolio & Typicon S.A., Athens

Concept South Online
Laurenz Brunner, Julia Born,
Henriette Gallus, Quinn Latimer

Design Adaptation South Online
Laurenz Brunner, Julia Novitch

Realization
Systemantics

Online Editor
Jill Winder

Copy Editors
Hannelore Hogen (DE), Dimitris Politakis (GR), Katrin Sauerländer (DE)

Assistance/Proofreading
Annie Buenker (DE), Lenia Mazaraki (GR), Maria-Louiza Ouranou (GR), Laura Preston (EN)

Picture Editor
Jonas Raam

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documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH
Friedrichsplatz 18
34117 Kassel
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F +49 561 70 72 739
www.documenta.de
Chief Executive Officer:
Annette Kulenkampff

Supported by

Goethe Institut

kulturstiftung des bundes

s finanzgruppe

documenta 14 is organized under the auspices of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, a non-profit organization owned and financed by the City of Kassel and the State of Hessen in their capacity as shareholders. Funding support for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel is also provided by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

© 2016 documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, the artists, the authors

All rights reserved.

South as a State of Mind #6
[documenta 14 #1]

Editors
Quinn Latimer, Adam Szymczyk

Founding Director
Marina Fokidis

Managing Editor
Katrin Sauerländer

Associate Editor
Domenick Ammirati

Greek Editor
Dimitris Politakis

Copy Editors
Domenick Ammirati, Emily Votruba

Proofreaders
Abraham Adams, Richard Beck,
Cordelia Marten

Design Printed Magazine
Mevis & Van Deursen, Amsterdam
with Marius Schwarz

Concept South Online
Laurenz Brunner, Julia Born,
Henriette Gallus, Quinn Latimer

Design Adaptation South Online
Laurenz Brunner, Julia Novitch

Realization
Systemantics

Project Management South Online
Henriette Gallus, Katrin Sauerländer

Translations
French/English: Sandra Reid (Bal-Blanc); German/English: Christopher Jenkin-Jones (Cahn), Lisa Rosenblatt (Friedl); Greek/English: Evi Chantzi and Ian Warner (Antonas)

Published by
documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH
Friedrichsplatz 18
34117 Kassel
T +49 561 70 72 70
F +49 561 70 72 739
www.documenta.de
Chief Executive Officer:
Annette Kulenkampff

Supported by the Goethe-Institut

© 2015 documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, the artists, the authors

All rights reserved.

Archive

To visit the archive of South as a State of Mind’s past issues, which were edited by founder Marina Fokidis, please visit southasastateofmind.com. Fokidis published five issues from 2012 to 2014. From 2015 to 2017, when documenta 14 opens in Athens and Kassel, South temporarily acts as the documenta 14 journal. The online editions of the d14 South, edited by Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk, can be found here.

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South as a State of Mind #6 [documenta 14 #1]
ISBN 978-3-86335-844-0
ISSN 2241-3901

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