MONOCULTURE – A Recent History with Matti BraunM HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp September 25, 2020 – January 24, 2021 www.muhka.be
The group exhibition MONOCULTURE – A Recent History begins from the principle that any understanding of ‘multiculture’, should necessitate an investigation of ‘monoculture’. The societal understanding of monoculture can be defined as the homogeneous expression of the culture of a single social or ethnic group. The project seeks to approach the notion of monoculture with an open mind. It will thus aim for an analysis of, rather than an antithesis to, monoculture, approaching it not only from historical, social, cultural and ideological perspectives, but also philosophical, linguistic and agricultural ones.
Through the works of more than 40 artists, including Matti Braun, the exhibition will provide a tentative mapping, allowing for a comparative analysis of different manifestations of monoculture, as well as their reflections in art and propaganda, seeking to draw some conclusions that might be relevant for society and culture at large.
The exhibition includes Matti Braun’s Pierre, 2009 and Pierre Pierre, 2010, several silk paintings, as well as Bunta Garbo, 2002, a project on the Belgian writer Andrea Juste.
Two publications accompany the exhibition: MONOCULTURE – A Recent History, exhibition catalogue published by M HKA, and The Aesthetics of Ambiguity – Understanding and Addressing Monoculture, co-edited by Pascal Gielen and Nav Haq, published by Valiz as part of the Antennae – Arts in Society series.
More information can be found HERE
Book Launch & Reading with Matti BraunEsther Schipper Bookstore Saturday February 22, 2020, 4 pm www.estherschipper.com
On occasion of the publication of Matti Braun’s new monograph, edited in cooperation with Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay and Beth Citron, the artist will read from the Bengali science fiction story “Mangalik” by Parashuram, translated by co-editor Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay. This pioneering 1955 text is published for the first time in English.
The book brings together texts by Parashuram, Beth Citron, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Dip Ghosh, Ranen Ghosh, Soham Guha, Sudhir Kakar, Sami Ahmad Khan, Matthia Löbke, Amrita Shah, highlighting the myriad interconnections of the work of Rabindranath Tagore, Vikram Sarabhai, Satyajit Ray, and Indian and Bengali science fiction. Richly illustrated, the publication focuses on Matti Braun’s artistic production of the last ten years.
Following the reading, Matti Braun and Isabelle Moffat will discuss related topics.
The reading will be in English, the discussion in German and English.
The event is free and open to the public. As seating is limited, please register HERE