Exhibitionary

7 October 2017

Reflecting Memory, 2016

Film, 48 min.

Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016, single-channel HD digital video projection, colour, sound. Photo: Kader Attia, courtesy of the artist, Galleria Continua, Galerie Krinzinger, Lehmann Maupin, and Galerie Nagel Draxler.

Reflecting Memory is a documentary video about phantom limb syndrome, featuring interviews with specialists such as surgeons, neurologists, psychoanalysts, and amputees. This pathology, which affects those who have lost a part of their body, involves the persistent sensation of the presence of a limb even after it has been amputated; that is, the perception of pain coming from a body part that actually no longer exists.

The work extends into the workings of postcoloniality and beyond, and, in the words of the artist, becomes a “reflection about the complexity of memory, the working of memory, the duty of memory and its representation; about ‘repair’ as a form of ‘re-appropriation,’ but above all as a form of resistance.”

Part of Propositions #1: What We Mean.

Suggestions from the archive

Education Program

26 October–30 November 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Rerun on Request]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 26 October & 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 November 2020. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies, taught by Maria Hlavajova, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.

Exhibition

30 September–11 October 2020

HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Show: If Not Now

From 30 September–11 October 2020, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts If Not Now, the graduation exhibition of the 2018−2020 MA Fine Art class of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, curated by Katia Krupennikova.