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Jan De Cock “Everything For You, Torino” at Galleria Francesca Minini, Milan

The choice of Turin has to do with the basic assumption of the whole project—the fact that there are no more monuments. I’m the same kind of sculptor that has been raised for centuries, but I’m the first generation that cannot build any more monuments for public figures or historical figures or political dramas or wars. I’m the first generation that isn’t being commissioned to make monuments, so out of an idea of nostalgia, I am in a city where I can imagine monuments.

Photo: Agostino Osio
CONVERSATIONS
The Testimonial Subject: Rana Hamadeh

The Ten Murders of Josephine (2017) is the most recent longitudinal project initiated by Rana Hamadeh. The operatic project is structured through several evolving iterations, which over-write and trouble one another, proposing a particular dramaturgy of labor and research processes that commence with the present exhibition at Witte de With. Preceded by a bi-weekly study group inviting an assembly of readers from different fields, the exhibition will be followed by a theatrical production, a publication, and a film. After six years of Alien Encounters (Hamadeh’s previous long-term project), evolving around the genre of legal spectacle, and Hamadeh’s earlier claims regarding “justice as the measure to which one can access theater;” The Ten Murders of Josephine explores the constitutive conditions of testimony vis-à-vis the notion of “testimonial subjecthood.”

Photo: Sara Hamadeh