Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future

Category: Pressemitteilungen  

Chapter 4 "On Riots and Resistance" of the exhibition series "Untie to Tie"

Berlin/Stuttgart, 15.01.18 – From 26.01. to 01.04.18 the ifa gallery in Berlin shows Chapter 4 of the exhibition "Untie to Tie".

The exhibition and the public programme in Chapter 4 of "Untie to Tie" examine structural conditions of the "riot" and its mutational econo­my. The riot is an extra-ordinary setting that has played a pivotal role in the permanent con­frontation between dissent and power over cen­turies. The deeper crises of capitalism, racial violence, and communal tensions have convul­sed us into "an age of riots". As master fictions of the sovereign nation-state implode and hegemonic silencing of the dispossessed only serves to reveal the cracks in governability, the exhibition Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future brings together artistic works and research positions from across the world in an endeavour to "sense" and chronicle recent riots and uprisings – evoking a phenomenology of the multitude.
The public programme "Riots: Dissent and Spectres, Control and Ruptures" at Acud Macht Neu (Studio) rethinks and reframes riots through a series of conversations, performances, and screenings. We will ask how riots inhabit and renegotiate the status quo within global metropoles, while also becoming the testing grounds of militarised urbanism targeting vulnerable and racialised groups.

With John Akomfrah, Chto Delat, Dilip Gaonkar & Liam Mayes, Gauri Gill, Louis Henderson, Satch Hoyt, Jitish Kallat, Karrabing Film Collective, Glenn Ligon, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, SAHMAT, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, and Ala Younis.

Curated by Natasha Ginwala.

Assistant Curator: Krisztina Hunya.
Public programme co-curated with Gal Kirn and Niloufar Tajeri.

Press Preview
Thursday, 25  January 2018, 11 a.m.
ifa-Galerie Berlin, Linienstr. 139/140, 10115 Berlin

Exhibition opening
Thursday, 25  January 2018, 7 p.m.
ifa-Galerie Berlin, Linienstr. 139/140, 10115 Berlin

Public programme
Friday, 26 January + Saturday, 27 January 2018
Riots: Dissent and Spectres, Control and Ruptures

With Vaginal Davis, artist, filmmaker and writer, Berlin; Zena Edwards, poet and performer, London; Nadine El-Enany, Birbeck School of Law, London; Dilip Gaonkar, Northwestern University Chicago; Natasha Ginwala, curator and writer, Berlin, Colombo; Gal Kirn, political theorist, Berlin; Dariouche Kechavarzi-Tehrani, philosopher and activist, Paris; Thomas Seibert, philosopher and activist, Frankfurt; Benedict Seymour, artist and writer, London; Niloufar Tajeri, architect, Berlin; Chandraguptha Thenuwara, artist and writer, Colombo; Ala Younis, artist, curator, and writer, Amman

Curated by Natasha Ginwala, Gal Kirn, and Niloufar Tajeri

Venue: Acud Macht Neu (Studio), Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin
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Kindly supported by Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka / With special thanks to KOW, Berlin; Lisson Gallery, London/New York; Roberts Projects, Los Angeles; Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo; Smoking Dogs Films; Thomas Dane Gallery, London.

UNTIE TO TIE – on colonial legacies and contemporary societies

In times of cultural misperceptions and silenced stories, increasing nationalism, discrimina­tion and intolerance across the globe, Untie to Tie invites audiences to reflect on the impact of colonial legacies which have formed modern societies in the first place, and which continue to globally influence our contemporary realities. With Untie to Tie, ifa Gallery Berlin presents a one-year research and exhibition programme. From April 2017 to April 2018, four chapters address the colonial legacies on contemporary societies through the following angles: global relatedness, urban cultures, intersectional feminisms with a closing chapter dedicated to riots and resistance.
Chapter 1: Global Relatedness / 31.03. – 11.06.2017
Chapter 2: Urban Cultures / 23.06. – 17.09.2017
Chapter 3: Intersectional Feminisms / 29.09.2017 – 14.01.2018
Chapter 4: On Riots and Resistance / 26.01. – 01.04.2018
About ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Being Germany’s oldest cultural and educational relations organisation, ifa celebrated its centenary in 2017. It advocates worldwide for a peaceful and enriching interaction between people and cultures. Its programmes explore five core themes:  Cultural Exchange, Dialogue of Civil Societies, Migration & Culture, Culture & Conflict, and Europe.

Exhibition and Public Programme:
Ev Fischer, +49.(0)30.284491.20, fischer(at)
Krisztina Hunya, hukrisz(at)
Guido Jansen-Recken, +49.(0)30.284491.40, presse(at)