Zeenat Nagree forwards a proposal for an exhibition.
Imagine the frontier as a charged line. Imagine it as a voyage that requires certain bodies to become invisible, to disappear once they have slipped through, to refrain from asserting their presence. Imagine the frontier not only as a line but also as a name for a number of tools used to demarcate space, to create states that separate here and there, us and them. Imagine the body that imagines life despite the frontier, the body that troubles boundaries, the body that resists. Imagine these bodies occupying. Imagine the spaces these bodies create.
The five artists gathered here offer different visions of occupation: Maryam Hoseini’s paintings are populated by flattened, geometric individuals that perform acts of rebellion in homosocial spaces constructed with fragments picked up between Iran and the United States of America. Yolanda Duarte’s body becomes a landscape, a site of projection, and an ephemeral stage for the recording and erasure of acts of protest in her videos and performances. Afsana Sharmin Zhumpi’s figures, covered up and of elusive form, highlight the contextual understanding of bodies or objects that are considered threatened or threatening. Ranjeeta Kumari’s watercolours use the figure of the donkey both as a self-portrait and as a symbol of the marginal and labouring individual.
Ranjeeta Kumari (b. 1983, Mokama, India)
Yvette Mayorga (b. 1991, Silvis, United States of America)