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(c) Hicham Berrada

Untie to Tie, Picture: Hicham Berrada

Untie to Tie: Invisible

ifa Gallery Berlin | 12.10.2018 – 03.02.2019

Exhibition | Originally produced for the Dakar Biennale 2018, the exhibition Invisible has been adapted to the context of the Berlin based ifa-Galerie Berlin with new works responding to its research and exhibition programme Untie to Tie (2017–2020). This transdisciplinary programme reflects on the mental and territorial colonial legacies in contemporary societies and their impact on movement, migration and environment.

Invisible is an invitation to re-learn to perceive beyond the margins of the visible. Today, the visual sense predominates our ways of imagining the world that surrounds us. Contemporary societies are defined by an incessant flow of images whereas the unmanifest has been weeded out of the collective imaginaries, and the spiritual dimension has been dismissed from contemporary concerns. By imposing its “universal” codes and standards, the West relegated the unmanifest to the bottom of its heap. However, today’s Western societies show an emerging quest for spirituality and manifold attempts to reintegrate the unmanifest into everyday life.

The presented works offer a dialogue between artistic strategies, each of which integrates unmanifested spiritual dimensions in its own way, by focusing on practices of rituals and myths rooted in everyday life’s material realities.

Curated by Alya Sebti, Curatorial Assistant Nikola Hartl

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