Drowning and swallowing this text
Drowning and swallowing this text is a group exhibition that aims to dispel the belief in narrative unity. It takes Honoré de Balzac's novella Sarrasine as a starting point in order to question the narrative devices that push meaning forward and to challenge notions of legibility and fixed resolution.
“It is then no longer possible regularly to contrast opposites, sexes, possessions; it is no longer possible to safeguard an order of just equivalence; in a word, it is no longer possible to represent, to make things representative, individuated, separate, assigned; Sarrasine represents the very confusion of representation, the unbridled (pandemic) circulation of signs, of sexes, of fortunes.” - Roland Barthes, S/Z
Questioning the idea that everything must be held together, the exhibition considers forms of desire that refuse equivalence in order to impel fragmentation and to delay resolve. Storytelling devices such as the construction of presumed opposites, a fixed protagonist, the introduction of a problem and promise of resolve are confronted and replaced. Instead sites of performance, the shifting plural subject-position, the mis-translation of cultural codes, and illegible acts at the margins of categories all serve to destabilize the economic value of narrative analogy. A collapse of economies eradicates the ability to recognize and substitute, offering in its place a constellation of fragments and gestures that take on various iterations, a tireless approximation.