Exhibit: 'Que desagradable!'
March 7—March 31, 2017, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Que desagradable explores wrong-doingness as an impolite meeting point between the four artists in this exhibition. Taking direction from Giorgio Adorno's Minima Moralia (1944), the show asks the viewer to recognize everyday beauty as a lie. In the context of the horror of our socio-political moment, where the world is unraveling from its constitutional seems, the only beauty that we might catch is the admittance of that which is frighteningly not beautiful at all. The show derives its title from this idea, (Que desagradable! is Spanish for How unlovely!), but challenges even Agamben’s role in coining this phrase. The Spanish title refusing to quote Agamben in his original Italian, or English, the art world’s lingua franca. The works in the show spill into and out of the gallery space, questioning the colonizing structures that perpetuate the myth of Western dominance that extends to the art world's by way of its knowledge centers, economy and protected histories.
Jacin Giordano, Christopher Janke, Nathanael Kooperkamp and Vick Quezada.
Curated by Sarah Fritchey
This program was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council