The exhibition, In Ekstase, by British artist P. Staff (*1987), incorporates all new works in video, sculpture, and installation. As their largest solo show to date, it draws on persistent concerns of the artist, such as the myriad processes by which the living – especially marginalized communities – are disciplined in a society defined by capitalism and its brutality. Through a weaving of trans poetics, mysticism, and necropolitics, Staff constructs an exhibition at once atmospheric and haunting. To visit it will be to enter a universe. To leave it will be to be transformed by the artist’s urgent reflection on that essential question: how can we define what it is to live, truly live, in a world on fire?
In connection with the exhibition, a richly illustrated publication, P. Staff: La Nuit Américaine, is co-published by Kunsthalle Basel and Saint Laurent.
The exhibition is co-produced by Kunsthalle Basel and OGR Torino, where it will be shown from February to June 2024.
The exhibition is generously supported by the LUMA Foundation, Peter Handschin, and Shane Akeroyd, with additional support from the Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim Stiftung, the Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, and Saint Laurent.