April 29th, 2018

New Museum Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage”

Janiva Ellis

Artists: Cian Dayrit, Violet Dennison, Tomm El-Saieh, Janiva Ellis, Claudia Martínez Garay, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Tiril Hasselknippe, Inhabitants, KERNEL, Manolis D. Lemos, Zhenya Machneva, Chemu Ng’ok, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, Daniela Ortiz, Lydia Ourahmane, Hardeep Pandhal, Dalton Paula, Julia Phillips, Wong Ping, Anupam Roy, Manuel Solano, Diamond Stingily, Song Ta, Wilmer Wilson IV, Shen Xin

Venue: New Museum, New York

Exhibition Title: Songs for Sabotage

Curated by: Gary Carrion-Murayari, Alex Gartenfeld

Date: February 13 – May 27, 2018

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Wall, Left to Right: Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, Wilmer Wilson IV; Center, Left to Right: Diamond Stingily, Tiril Hasselknippe

Shen Xin

Wall: Dalton Paula; Center: Daniela Ortiz

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of  New Museum, New York. Photos by Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio. 

Press Release:

Songs for Sabotage, the fourth New Museum Triennial, questions how individuals and collectives around the world might effectively address the connection of images and culture to the forces that structure our society.

Together, the artists in Songs for Sabotage propose a kind of propaganda, engaging with new and traditional media in order to reveal the built systems that construct our reality, images, and truths. The exhibition amounts to a call for action, an active engagement, and an interference in political and social structures, and brings together works across mediums by approximately thirty artists from nineteen countries, the majority of whom are exhibiting in the United States for the first time.

Songs for Sabotage explores interventions into cities, infrastructures, and the networks of everyday life, proposing objects that might create common experience. The exhibition takes as a given that these structures are linked to the entrenched powers of colonialism and institutionalized racism that magnify inequity. Through their distinct approaches, the artists in Songs for Sabotage offer models for dismantling and replacing the political and economic networks that envelop today’s global youth. Invoking the heightened role of identity in today’s culture, they take on the technological, economic, and material structures that stand in the way of collectivity.

These artists are further connected by both their deep engagements with the specificity of local context and a critical examination—and embrace—of the internationalism that links them. Their works range widely in medium and form, including painted allegories for the administration of power, sculptural proposals to renew (and destroy) monuments, and cinematic works that engage the modes of propaganda that influence us more and more each day. Viewed in ensemble, these works provide models for reflecting upon and working against a system that seems doomed to failure.

Songs for Sabotage is curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator at the New Museum, and Alex Gartenfeld, founding Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, with Francesca Altamura, Curatorial Assistant. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by the New Museum and Phaidon Press Limited.

Link: New Museum Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage”

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