“Resilient Currents: On Communal Re-Existence”, exhibition in advance of the launch of La Collective

March 21 – April 25, 2024

F O R M A exhibition center

Guest curator: Ilaria Conti

In advance of its future art and solidarity center La Collective, Thanks for Nothing presents its first international exhibition, which focuses on socially engaged practices related to Abya Yala, a Kuna term for Central and South America as a constellation of sovereign non-colonial spaces.

Free entry from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm
127 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris

Opening Reception on Thursday, March 21, from 5 pm to 9 pm

With Seba Calfuqueo, Carolina Caycedo, Colectivo Ayllu, Patricia Dominguez, Regina José Galindo, Sonia Gomes, Juliana Góngora, Jorge González Santos, iki yos piña narváez, Guadalupe Maravilla, Noé Martinez, Nomasmetaforas, Rangiñtulewfü, RojoNegro, Angélica Serech and Maria Sosa.

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Seba Calfuqueo, Miroir d’eau (still), 2023. Courtesy of the artist.
Carolina Caycedo, Multiple Clitoris Iguazu Cataracts, Brasil/Paraguay (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Instituto de Visión.
Regina José Galindo, Ríos de gente (still), 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

In advance of the launch of La Collective

In 2024, Thanks for Nothing initiates the program of its future Art and Solidarity Center, scheduled to open in 2028 on the site of the former Hôpital Saint-Vincent-de-Paul. This ‘off-site’ program aims to showcase international socially engaged artistic practices.

The exhibition Resilient Currents: On Communal Re-Existence inaugurates this cycle, accompanied by a rich program of conferences, screenings, performances, and guided tours aimed at underserved audiences.

An exhibition on Abya Yala, curated by Ilaria Conti

Developed over the course of 3 years by independent curator Ilaria Conti, the exhibition highlights multidisciplinary practices linked to Abya Yala (a Kuna term for Central and South America as a constellation of sovereign non-colonial, or decolonized spaces). The invited practices are committed to ethical forms of relation and epistemic justice—in one word, characterized by a commitment to the communal.

The exhibition explores the working methodologies employed by the presented artists who acknowledge the urgency of practicing political, social, affective, and spiritual forms of action as part of a network of ethical relationships. Rejecting the limits of colonial systems of knowledge, the artists honor the plurality of worlds that such a commitment to the notion of the communal generates.

The associated program

Conceived by Thanks for Nothing and Ilaria Conti, the associated program punctuates the exhibition with public programs involving partners organizations based in Paris, such as La Maison de l’Amérique latine, Persona Curada, and Mazorca.

A solidarity program by Thanks for Nothing in support of the nonprofit organization AQUAVERDE

Founded in 2002, AQUAVERDE is a nonprofit organization that focuses its efforts primarily on the preservation of the Amazon Rainforest, a biodiversity treasure that remains a key component of global climate regulation and constitutes, along with its river, the Amazon, its hundreds of tributaries, and its sources, a quarter of the planet’s freshwater reserves.

A word from the curator

The exhibition embraces a methodological focus by highlighting artistic practices characterized by a commitment to the communal: a shared political agency and sensibility that, regardless of its being enacted individually or collectively, honors the interdependency that connects all beings and entities.

The artistic and activist practices invited recognize the urgency of practicing forms of political, social, affective, and spiritual agency as part of a network of ethical relations, and articulate pluriversal forms of knowing and sensing rooted in sentipensar (sensing-thinking or feeling-thinking). Rejecting the limits of colonial knowledge systems, the artists honor the plurality of worlds and the diverse systems of knowing, sensing, and sense-making that communal processes engender, thus practicing forms of resistance through re-existence, as envisioned by Afro-Colombian theorist and artist Adolfo Albán Achinte: “a form of life alter-active to the Eurocentric hegemonic project.”