REALLY? - Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis

Opening on 22 June 2024 at Framer Framed, the exhibition Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis highlights the ways in which the scientific disciplines – historically associated with truth-telling – are increasingly used by cynical actors of big corporations and rogue governments alike to obscure, mislead and effectively capitalise and weaponise ignorance. The exhibition is curated by David Garcia and Mi You.

Belief in social progress and scientific rationality is currently at an end, propelling us into the age of radical indeterminacy and incalculable risk. This is a key factor contributing to a general collapse of public trust in the institutions that are supposed to ‘know’.

At a time when populists and demagogues routinely denounce experts and expertise, a movement of interdisciplinary artists has emerged whose work unapologetically foregrounds knowledge, factual analysis and evidence. Spanning different generations – from emerging artists to others who have been active for decades – they have crystalised into a research-driven movement that one of the exhibition’s participating artists, Paolo Cirio, has dubbed ‘Evidentiary Realism’.

Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis includes works based on forensic methods and data analytics, but also goes beyond that to embrace wider forms of multi-visual research. It poses fundamental questions on what it means to know and not know, while being acutely aware of the fragmentation and relativisation of knowledge in a multipolar world.

Central to Really? is the realisation that we are in the midst of a crisis in knowledge and a crisis in politics, which are one and the same thing. The exhibition aims to expand a space of practical reasoning, whereby it recognises that knowledge is not a zero-sum game. As much as we can and should validate facts in the public domain, we also need to learn to navigate when we are not knowing.

Saturday 22 June 2024, 19:00

Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS, Amsterdam

Opening times
23 June - 29 September
Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00-18:00
Free entry

Mi You
David Garcia

Participating Artists:
Anna Engelhardt & Mark Cinkevich
Ho Tzu Nyen
Jennifer Gradecki & Derek Curry
Paolo Cirio
Zheng Mahler

Exhibition Design:
Ruben Pater