Foreclosed: Between Crisis and Possibility

Co-organized with Sofía Olascoaga, Sadia Shirazi, and Gaia Tedone
May 20-June 11, 2011
Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program
The Kitchen, New York, NY

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The term foreclosure today is often associated with the collapse of the subprime mortgage market. In this framework, it refers to the legal process by which an owner’s right to a property is terminated. Within psychoanalysis, foreclosure also evokes processes of exclusion and a shutting down of recognition. From a social perspective, it recalls a rejection of particular experiences, memories, and narratives from the existing social order and dominant worldview.

Foreclosed: Between Crisis and Possibility is situated in the nexus between these meanings and located in a global context. Cutting across the spatial and the psychic, it explores artistic practices and discursive strategies that investigate the multifold ways in which everyday experiences of displacement, threat, repression, and loss are embedded within specific social, cultural, and economic contexts. Through diverse techniques, the artists in this exhibition engage the politically paralyzing rhetoric of crisis by positing and negotiating alternative possibilities.

The exhibition employs a multilayered curatorial approach integrating the gallery space with a series of public platforms. These discussions, performances, and film screenings interrogate different interpretations of foreclosure, proposing a critical reevaluation of the complex field that the term demands. Participants include Benjamin Buchloh, Harriet Fraad, Ingrid Gould Ellen, David Harvey, Peter Marcuse, Damon Rich, Maggie Russell-Ciardi, and Radhika Subramaniam.

The exhibition features works by Kamal Aljafari, Yto Barrada, Tania Bruguera, Claude Closky, Harun Farocki, Allan Sekula, and David Shrigley.

Exhibition Site
Foreclosed: Between Crisis and Possibility

Review
Reimagining Foreclosure as a World-Making Project

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