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What remains is what the poets found

Press release

What remains is what the poets found

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Etel Adnan, Saâdane Afif, Özlem Altin, Mariana Castillo Deball, Elif Erkan, Rana Hamadeh, Nona Inescu, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Tarik Kiswanson, Joseph Kosuth

Curated by Jesi Khadivi and Justin Polera

In her iconic poem “Diving into the Wreck,” poet and activist Adrienne Rich describes an attempt to discover the root of a disaster. The knife, the camera, and the book of myths that accompany the poem’s narrator on their watery quest function both as representatives of an old order and tools to inscribe multiple, plural, and simultaneous new imaginaries. Following this impulse, the exhibition What remains is what the poets found investigates the capacity of storytelling, poetry, myth, and re- scripting to open up potential sites of resistance or spaces to articulate complex, notional imaginaries. The artworks included in the exhibition enact acts of writing, erasure, rewriting, and translation. They beg the question: what if the book of myth were the wreck itself—a scene of disaster littered with fragments of words and sentences like casualties? What would we do with the blank page? How might we write the alphabet anew and unmoor written, formal, and spatial languages from the impediment of disallowing plural meanings? How do we excavate the past to find grammars worth resuscitating, reviving, and recombining?