34 Exercises of Freedom: SILENCE AND MASKS South as a State of Mind #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, the second volume of the documenta 14 South as a State of Mindexplores issues of masking identity and silencing dissent, orality and recognition, indigeneity and exile, provenance and repatriation, and colonial and gendered violence. To launch the new issue of South at Parko Eleftherias, Clémentine Deliss, Stathis Gourgouris, and Candice Hopkins engage in a series of offerings: readings, listening sessions, and rituals, old and new.

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