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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation
Sep 22–Dec 16, 2018 / Extra City Kunsthal

Trevor Paglen

Extra States: Nations in Liquidation brings together artists whose works aim to critically address, recompose or bypass the traditional readings of the state. How do we think of “the state” in contemporary society? How much agency and effect do “extra state” power structures have, in the form of political ideologies, multinational companies, supra-state bodies and others, and to what extent can they transcend and bypass the state as we know it? Where do we stand as citizens when “extra states” such as the European Union, Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, the International Monetary Fund or the European Central Bank affect our life?

 

Dora Budor

Sophie Jung

The exhibition is inspired by the writings of H.G. Wells, Max Weber, Bob Jessop and Nikos Poulantzas – that have reflected on the model and current condition of the “nation-state” – and seeks to look into the possible near futures of international politics, economics and civic society by unravelling the core structures that sustain them. In light of the current conditions – whereby capitalism has reduced state sovereignty, while at the same time the notion of the nation-state is re-emerging through nationalistic rhetoric whilst losing its power – the exhibition asks: what does the traditional state represent? What actual power to govern and define cities do traditional states have today?

 

Chto Delat

Sanja Ivekovic (still)

In its attempt to re-read the notion of statehood and revisit state theory, the exhibition aims to go beyond the classical interpretations of the state. Instead exploring the “extra” in and beyond the state, displaying the practices of artists with different approaches to the topic: some aim to reveal the little known activities of the deep state (hushed or top-secret missions of governmental bodies) or share their artistic position vis-a-vis the notion of statehood or the concept of nationality, while some examine socio-political movements striving towards an emancipatory civic society. Others investigate real life examples of what Keller Easterling has named as “extrastatecraft.”

 

Femke Herregraven

Femke Herregraven

Through divergent readings, Extra States attempts to create an alternative “grammar” of different state formations, resulting in a mapping of emerging and contesting world orders, alternative or transnational coalitions, that define not just the state as a political model, but our manifold states of being in the world today.

 

Nastio Mosquito

Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan (still)

Participating artists are Sven Augustijnen, Dora Budor, Chto Delat, Núria Güell, Goldin+Senneby, Femke Herregraven, Sanja Iveković, Sophie Jung, Metahaven, Kapwani Kiwanga, Nástio Mosquito, Trevor Paglen, Anton Vidokle & Pelin Tan. Artefacts from Neutral Moresnet and Bulkes, with trailer of Operation: Bulkes, directed by Siniša Bosančić, 2021. Scenography / spatial installation by Olivier Goethals.

 

Extra States: Nations in Liquidation
Curated by iLiana Fokianaki
September 22–December 16, 2018 / Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium
For more information please visit the exhibition page >

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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation
Sep 22–Dec 16, 2018 / Extra City Kunsthal

Trevor Paglen

Extra States: Nations in Liquidation brings together artists whose works aim to critically address, recompose or bypass the traditional readings of the state. How do we think of “the state” in contemporary society? How much agency and effect do “extra state” power structures have, in the form of political ideologies, multinational companies, supra-state bodies and others, and to what extent can they transcend and bypass the state as we know it? Where do we stand as citizens when “extra states” such as the European Union, Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, the International Monetary Fund or the European Central Bank affect our life?

 

Dora Budor

Sophie Jung

The exhibition is inspired by the writings of H.G. Wells, Max Weber, Bob Jessop and Nikos Poulantzas – that have reflected on the model and current condition of the “nation-state” – and seeks to look into the possible near futures of international politics, economics and civic society by unravelling the core structures that sustain them. In light of the current conditions – whereby capitalism has reduced state sovereignty, while at the same time the notion of the nation-state is re-emerging through nationalistic rhetoric whilst losing its power – the exhibition asks: what does the traditional state represent? What actual power to govern and define cities do traditional states have today?

 

Chto Delat

Sanja Ivekovic (still)

In its attempt to re-read the notion of statehood and revisit state theory, the exhibition aims to go beyond the classical interpretations of the state. Instead exploring the “extra” in and beyond the state, displaying the practices of artists with different approaches to the topic: some aim to reveal the little known activities of the deep state (hushed or top-secret missions of governmental bodies) or share their artistic position vis-a-vis the notion of statehood or the concept of nationality, while some examine socio-political movements striving towards an emancipatory civic society. Others investigate real life examples of what Keller Easterling has named as “extrastatecraft.”

 

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Through divergent readings, Extra States attempts to create an alternative “grammar” of different state formations, resulting in a mapping of emerging and contesting world orders, alternative or transnational coalitions, that define not just the state as a political model, but our manifold states of being in the world today.

 

Nastio Mosquito

Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan (still)

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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation
Curated by iLiana Fokianaki
September 22–December 16, 2018 / Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium
For more information please visit the exhibition page >