Documenta 14, 2017
documenta 14 is organized by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk together with a team whose first members were appointed in 2014. On 14 October 2015 new members were announced: Paul B. Preciado as Curator of Public Programs, Sepake Angiama as Head of Education, Clare Butcher as Education Coordinator, Arnisa Zeqo as Education Coordinator, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung as Curator at Large, Natasha Ginwala as Curatorial Advisor, Candice Hopkins as Curatorial Advisor, and Jill Winder as Online Editor.
Launch of the documenta 14 publication program with
In keeping with the concept of documenta 14 as a bi-located exhibition —one in which the exclusive role of host is left behind for a more radically receptive position —and in working with existing institutions and initiatives, documenta 14 is hosted in the pages of South as a State of Mind by Marina Fokidis, who founded the magazine in Athens in 2012. Four documenta 14 editions of the journal will be published semiannually until the opening of the exhibition in 2017.
The documenta team imagines the South of documenta 14 —both the journal and the imagined spaces it invokes— as a place of research, critique, art, and literature paralleling the years of work on the exhibition overall, one that will help define and frame its concerns and aims. Writing and publishing, in all their forms, will be an integral part of documenta 14.
South d14’s first issue was produced during a period marked by a dramatic worsening of the economic and humanitarian crisis in Greece. The establishment and dissolution and reinstatement of the left-wing government, under conditions created by European-imposed austerity programs, was accompanied by the near-collapse of the Greek banking sector. The refugee crisis, meanwhile, has been escalating, with the displacement of millions of Syrians fleeing civil war, as well as those escaping the violence and repression in Iraq, Afghanistan, and sub-Saharan Africa. As has been noted widely, this is the largest global displacement of people since World War II, and for many of the refugees entering Europe, Greece is their first stop. In this state of emergency, the magazine, through the voices of its diverse authors —among them artists, poets, scholars, architects, and filmmakers— takes form as a manifestation of documenta 14 rather than as a discursive lens through which to merely presage the topics to be addressed in the eventual exhibition.
In addition to South as a State of Mind’s print publication, there will be an online edition of the journal that makes content available in three languages: German, Greek, and English. The online edition has been launched on 31 October 2015, to coincide with the publication of the first print edition of documenta 14 South. You can find it here: documenta14.de/south
South as a State of Mind #6 [documenta 14 #1]
With contributions by:
(Extracts from a press information, 14 Oct. 2015)
On October 6, 2014, a symposium titled "documenta 14, Kassel: Learning from Athens" was held at Kunsthochschule (Academy of Fine Arts) in Kassel, Germany, at the invitation of the academy. Organized by the team of documenta 14, and led by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, the symposium presented key members of the next documenta organization, as well as discussed essential ideas and thematic concerns of the exhibition project as a whole, scheduled to take place in 2017.
The city of Kassel has been the host of documenta since its inception in 1955. Likewise, over the past thirteen editions, documenta has served as host to many artists and cultural practitioners from around the globe. But, ultimately, this position of host—with all the privileges involved—appears to be no longer tenable and begs to be questioned, if only temporarily.
To this end, Szymczyk introduced documenta 14’s planned twofold structure:
The working schedule envisages documenta 14 to open in Athens in April 2017; it will then be inaugurated two months later in Kassel, on June 10. This will ensure that there will be a month of overlap, with two parts of the exhibition running in parallel. Moreover, though each iteration of the exhibition will be developed as an autonomous project, they will inform each other’s content while not repeating the form, with several distinctive venues in Athens, as in Kassel. Documenta 14 intends to learn from the city of Athens and its citizens, instead of parachuting a prepackaged event from Kassel into one or several picturesque venues. Rather than being merely a sum of two destinations, documenta 14 will unfold in a three-year-long process of learning and producing knowledge, while also engaging in the process of instituting spaces for public life in both locations. In this process, both cities’ communities will become involved, contributing to the project.
(Extracts from a press information, 7 Oct. 2014)
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