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ragweed is an exhibition platform experimenting with poetic inquiry; rehearsing the strengths of poetry as a medium of care and positioning the poetic as the frontier for emancipatory politics


principal investigator:
veronika ivanova

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ivanova@yorku.ca



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A.J. MEDLAND, SARAI STEPHENS: REALLY REALLY REAL

The question still gets asked ‘what is art?’ But the subtext of that question seems to be, ‘is it real?’ Is art capable of being a medium of truth? Imagine the implications of this. Imagine an individual that cannot experience the possibilities of her own actions, the pleasure, or the limitations of them. The aesthetic relies entirely on the assumption that the individual is capable of responsibility, for producing this work, by undertaking that artistic action. Otherwise, if art is not a medium of truth, we are only made real by a Panopticon with no one sitting at the well. Art is a medium of truth when it is personal responsibility. 
‘What is art?’ Art is Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics. Or in the words of my favourite poet, “art is a fistfight in the orchestra pit.” ‘What is art?’ Art is writing before you learn how to read. Because before thought, it must have been poetry.

PRESS RELEASE
Nov 08 — Dec 09 2019
Exhibition view.