Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection
co-edited by José Roca and [NAME] Publications
The artworks in the exhibition Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection are united by an interest in art concerned with social change, art that looks at the conflicts and contradictions of contemporary society, art that critically analyzes and reframes historical events in the present. As both a supplement and response, this publication brings a variety of voices together to shed light upon the complexities of the works in the exhibition, as well as to provide insight into the critical discourses that inform and problematize their institutionalization. This reader is structured around six themes that thread together and establish cross-cutting interpretations of the works in the exhibition: “Entangled Histories,” “Extraction and Flows,” “Artivism: Art in the Social Sphere,” “State Terror,” “Spatial Politics,” and “Emancipatory Calls.” The texts and conversations herein attend to, reflect upon, and call our awareness to issues of trauma and the social body, repression, protest, the forced displacement of peoples, and the extractivist logic that preys upon territory, as well as the veiled, but nonetheless felt, injustices of social control. Each chapter joins new writing with previously published material, thereby offering readers a sense of the divergent, and at times contested, ways in which the exhibition and its works might be understood. The plates in this volume have been interspersed throughout the book, woven in and out of the texts according to the order in which they appear in the exhibition. In some cases the texts have been selected in direct correlation to the works, while in many others they were chosen as lenses through which to read the conditions and contexts of the works in question more broadly. Newly commissioned essays by Denise Ferreira da Silva, Coco Fusco, Suhail Malik, Laura Raicovich, Tobias Ostrander, and Antwaun Sargent.
Interviews with artists Tania Candiani, Claudia Coca, Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves, and Barthélémy Toguo by curator José Roca
Includes previously published material by Simone Browne, Tania Bruguera, Aimé Césaire and Suzanne Césaire, Ashon Crawley, Angela Davis, Okwui Enwezor, Nick Estes, Eugenio Dittborn, René Francisco Rodríguez, Carlos Garaicoa, Andrea Giunta, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Boris Groys, Miguel A. López, Audre Lorde, Rocío Magaña, Adriana Malvido, Deborah Paredez, Grégory Pierrot, Claudia Rankine, Doris Salcedo, Willie Jamaal Wright, Alex Zahara, and Octavio Zaya.