Between Nothingness and Infinity

Between Nothingness and Infinity

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Curators: Lauren Siegel, Sarah Then Bergh, Marie Lambert, Romain Pasquer
Artists: Gustavo Nazareno + Oupa Sibeko
Location: Johnson Museum Wing Gallery
Dates: Sep 24-Dec 17, 2022, Tue-Sun 10a-5p
Registration: None

Between Nothingness and Infinity asks: What are the consequences of living on the brink? What new affects appear within this accidental present of living in uncertain times, one which embodies unease and nervousness? The Martinican psychiatrist, Frantz Fanon, offers a starting point through which to think about the contention currently facing our times—that of futurities, uncertain—as we inhabit a present that no longer promises a future. In Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon decries, “Not responsible for my acts, at the crossroads between Nothingness and Infinity, I began to weep.” The urgent and yet impossible task of enacting himself as a subject serves as the exhibit’s theoretical touchstone for its insight into the human condition and its ability to unsettle assumptions about the cultural “origins” of things, insisting instead on a relational, itinerant view of aesthetics. Between Nothingness and Infinity parses the artistic forces of resistance, where the stubborn promise of infinite possibilities can only belong to the future, no matter how uncertain.

This event is part of the 2022 Cornell Biennial, curated by Timothy Murray and sponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts. The Biennial features the works of 40+ artists throughout Cornell’s Ithaca campus from July through December 2022. See all of the artists and events here.

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09/24/2022 @ 10:00 AM to
12/17/2022 @ 05:00 PM


Johnson Museum Wing Gallery

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