fold / unfold: Sonia Khurana
Fold/unfold gathers different vignettes across time, that place the body in an oblique relation to diffused feminist aesthetics of the counter-spectacle and performative resistance.
I have aligned the selection of artworks for ‘fold/unfold’ with my recent, extensive conversations with cultural theorist and visual analyst, Griselda Pollock. Both her recent essay on my work, and this exhibition traces the singular formulation of the melancholy of emplacement and displacement, dereliction and abjection, space and time, memory and the body: a body that sings and dances, walks and lies down.
Fold/unfold is structured into three sections: the “body event” [from Griselda Pollock] is surrounded by the Deleuzian idea of “the fold”, and with 20th century feminist, anarchist Emma Goldman’s famous misquotation “ If I can’t dance…”
These constellations are to be experienced as an ensemble, reading in-between the spaces and around relationships of the juxtaposed works: self-written text, projected images, sound narratives with intersecting vectors that evocatively draw the connect between the architecture of the corner, the passage and the intimate room.
Finally, bringing these artworks from the site where their meaning was produced to the gallery space is both, an attempt to dislodge the discourse of site specificity as a central concern, and to produce a sense of the uncanny.