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October 26 - December 31, 2022
Compelled To Be Here (part 1: By All Means Necessary)

Participating artists: Dimitri Madimin
With texts by: Ariadna Solis

Compelled to Be Here is a project that consists of a music video, an exhibition, and a conversation. Part one, the exhibition titled By All Means Necessary, seeks to problematize how certain forms of violence are legitimized and justified through an idea of art that was conceived in the Renaissance, and how hip-hop (as an art form) is constructed instead in terms of raciality/criminality and therefore considered a taboo form of expression. Building then a bridge of urgent discussions between global north and south territories regarding identity politics, resistance strategies and artistic practices. Creating conversations and working with the nuances of the specific ways in which  systematic oppressions are embodied in localized experiences. Presented for the first time in Rotterdam, the exhibition displaces the following questions (and the ways in which they manifest) to Oaxaca, as well as how their answers confront and imagine other realities through art, the body and joy.

        What relationships do we recognize between art and violence? Are these relationships exclusive to some expressions? How do certain representations sneak into our imaginary? What consequences do they have on the way we read bodies? To these questions Dimitri Madimin confronts two modes of art where violence seems to be present, sometimes more evident than others, or perhaps more normalized.  

        (1) First, the Renaissance and its representations of violence. The beginning of the art history canon, where science and art find an indissoluble relationship of power, as a visual, political, and economic project. Whether we understand it as a "golden age" or as a cultural movement of socio-scientific progress, it is true that we cannot separate these representations from the humanist-colonial and economic expansion project towards territories of the global south, where violence was embodied in specific and tangible ways. (2) Second, hip-hop culture, created and sustained by racialized communities in the United States. Communities that have been historically excluded from the world of art and whose forms of artistic expression and cultural practices have been criminalized, made invisible and appropriated. Practices that have also found their support in the rhythm, in the voice, and in the body.

In a gesture that forces us to think about the ways in which these representations are embodied, Dimitri evidences these dynamics through the making of tracksuits using fabrics printed with scenes of violence taken from the Italian Renaissance and confronts them with rap lyrics. This gesture of juxtaposing rap with the Renaissance makes it compelling to reflect on how the non-white body is criminalized and how coloniality tries to dilute itself through defining who is violent and illustrating what violence looks like.

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Monday: 13:00 – 19:00
Tuesday: closed
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