Global(e) Resistance, curated by Christine Macel, Alicia Knock, and Yung Ma, features works from more than 60 artists acquired by the museum over the past decade. With a strong focus on artists from the Global South, it aims to examine ideas and strategies of resistance in the context of contemporary artistic pratices.
It also hopes to bring forth various theoretical questions, exploring the connections between aesthetics and politics, and how museums today relate themselves to politics as well as the different art scenes.
Artists living in oppressive circumstances have long embraced the pratice of protesting through their art, be that political or even activist-like. The break-up of the colonial systems spurred many voices. Whether directly dealing with political matters or to question versions of our history and remembrance that were over-tenacious, these voices raised to embark on new paths of resistance. Furthermore, resistance has also been organised thanks to art itself, in the form of either poetry or prose. While focusing mainly on political uprisings during the decolonisation era and the collapse of communist ideologies after 1989, this exhibition also addresse current alternative readings of history via excavation and recording.