Utters excess in between

Group Exhibition at State of Concept Athens

Curated: by Ioanna Gerakidi & Danae Io

Participating Artists: Mehraneh Atashi, Rana Hamadeh, Christian Nyampeta, Falke Pisano, Yorgos Prinos, Janis Rafa, Marina Xenofontos

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Rana Hamadeh, The Ten Murders of Josephine,installation view at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2017. Photo: Sara Hamadeh.

The group exhibition utters excess in between, draws on the linguistically intangible; that which resists legibility and cannot be uttered in language or explicitly understood through its canonical syntaxes. The unintelligible, the one which remains in between speech formulations, which escapes words or rational meanings, is used as a metaphor. The works presented in the show, aim to legitimise what is in excess of language; undeciphered cries, unfiltered screams, human and non-human idiolects. They draw on voices unheard, silenced, or not yet documented, to speak about a subverted archive of desires, memories, senses and affects. The show utters excess in between, strives to stay with identical or collective ruptures, agonies, traumas, with narratives unfolded otherwise. The artists exhibited, are thinking through suppressed histories, socio-political frameworks and economic patterns, whilst forming links and resonances between them. From the dispersed installative gestures of Falke Pisano to the subtle filmic thesis and sculptures of Janis Rafa, the show seeks to traverse canonical rhythms, times and spaces. Accordingly, from Rana Hamadeh’s practice drawing on “that which subsists within the documental voice, both because and in spite of that voice,” to Christian Nyampeta’s film as an ongoing enquiry into ways of living together, the exhibition functions as a means of rearranging hierarchical structures. Through capturing aspects of the quotidian, Marina Xenofontos’ intervention on Christophoros Kyri