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Aesthetic Justice

Alyse Emdur, Rajkamal Kahlon, Carlos Motta & Josué Euceda and Larissa Sansour
Monday, May 2, 2011 to Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Curated by Niels Van Tomme, Director of Arts and Media at Provisions Learning Project.

Introducing the concept of Aesthetic Justice, that is justice from an aesthetic perspective instead of a legal one, the exhibition underscores the transformative potential of linking these concepts. It does so by displaying contemporary artworks critical to notions of fairness, interdependency, protection, and equality. Investigating how the works of art's specific aesthetic frameworks inform the subject matters they address, the exhibition explores the ways in which formal and conceptual strategies enhance an understanding of responsibility and responsiveness.

Aesthetic Justice reflects upon the question of justice within the four specific socio-political contexts the artworks engage with: the plight of the Palestinian people, the US prison industrial complex, police brutalities in Honduras, and the torture of Iraqi and Afghan prisoners by the US government.
Drawing upon recent writings of Judith Butler, Aesthetic Justice asks how we could present "broader social and political claims about rights of protection and entitlements to persistence and flourishing," demanding a deeper understanding of the quest for solidarity and global justice. Following Butler's proposition, the exhibition calls for a new imagining of affect and responsiveness, investigating the ways in which artists depict human agency using visual, narrative, and poetic frameworks.
Please see thoughtful review by Stéphane Symons at Le Magazine | Jeu de Paume.
View online Aesthetic Justice publication!