Rewinding Internationalism is conceived as a score across installation, sound, film, archival presentations, and live rehearsals. The exhibition includes a new film by Didem Pekün, a commissioned multimedia installation by susan pui san lok, work by Wendelien van Oldenborgh, an extended research presentation and the sounds of Belgian New Beat.
The exhibition draws from different social, political, and cultural sites in the 1990s, a moment when the construct of internationalism was in a state of deep flux. During the decade, the ascendancy of globalisation coincided with the revival of ethno-nationalisms within Europe and the waning of emancipatory, trans-national alliances. Within the art world a ‘New Internationalism’ was embraced, calling for an end to the centring of Western European and US positions.
Rather than propose a history, or attempt a definition of ‘internationalism’ the exhibition is conceived as a score, moving between - rewinding - different sites and scenes. Central to this exploration is a confident disregard for the authority of the archive - images, sounds and references are used as evocations, rather than offering explanation.
19 February - 1 May 2022
9300 Aalst, Belgium