rirkrit tiravanija in - a few things i cannot leave behind

centre d'art contemporain genève - genève
february 27  –  april 21, 2019

portrait of rirkrit tiravanija. photo: roe etheridge

Artists: Rirkrit Tiravanija,Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, Zoe Leonard, Marinella Pirelli and Jean-Frédéric Schnyder.



A Few Things I Cannot Leave Behind is a very personal show. It refrains from any attempt to trace a speculative kind of narrative or any universal theory of politics, life, or art. As the title states, it is about the few things I do not want to leave out: things that keep coming back to mind. It features four installations and a series of paintings. It is a proposed journey through time across the dark side of History: colonialism, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and violence. But it is also a playlist for a spaceship, an attempt to leave the darkness behind by virtue of poetry, humanity, and art itself. The visitors will walk through the show, to become flâneurs in Walter Benjamin’s sense of the word—lazy wanderers, amateur detectives, and investigators of meaning. To get lost and to waste time, to enter a certain state of mind, and let themselves be struck by different temporalities and media.

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