BARRICADES AS COUNTER-MONUMENTS
The material recurrence of the barricade throughout the past several centuries and across the globe is complemented by its figurative force in vocabularies of resistance. The barricade is often fetishized as a symbol of self-sacrifice, insurgent heroism, martyrdom, and the politics of antagonism. The more recent return of barricades, from the Arab Spring to the European indignados and various occupy movements, allows us to appreciate anew the spirit of the barricades in more varied terms attuned to the combination of vulnerability and resourcefulness that has vividly marked these uprisings. Taking its cues from the emergence of barricades and a number of attendant dynamics during Istanbul’s June 2013 Gezi uprising, and departing from a consideration of the strange combination of anti-instrumentality and untimeliness that barricades embody, this talk explores the role of vulnerability in resistance in terms of its materializations and afterlives.
Başak Ertür is a lecturer at the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University. She is the editor of Manual for Conspiracy (Sharjah Art Foundation, 2011) and the co-editor of Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward Said (Verso, 2008). She has published occasional essays on art, culture, film and politics in various outlets including Manifesta Journal, Critical Legal Thinking, Bidoun and Ibraaz. She is currently working on a manuscript on political trials, performativity, and sovereignty as it is articulated through spectacles and spectres.
This event is free but booking is recommended
The talk will take place during the last day of the exhibition
Jumana Emil Abboud, Knut Henrik Henriksen,
Meriç Algün Ringborg, Falke Pisano, Mladen Stillinović
Private view: Thursday 3 September 6.30 – 8.30 PM
Exhibition: 4 September – 3 October