As part of the group exhibition, Through the Fog: Descripting the Present, curated by Nick Aikens, Grant Watson will present three new interviews in his ongoing How We Behave series. Inspired by an interview published in Vanity Fair in 1983, in which Michel Foucault asked why can’t life be ‘the material for a work of art?’ the interviews focus on people’s behaviour – how they work on themselves, how they reflect on their lives and on their relationships to others. The new works on exhibition comprise interviews with Athens based writers, artists and activists.
Through the Fog: Descripting the Present is an exhibition in essayistic form and includes work by Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Christian Nyampeta, Eftihis Patsourakis, Didem Pekün, Vangelis Vlahos, and Grant Watson. A dialogue across contexts, temporalities and methodologies, it attempts to reflect on how we understand, speak to and move through an unfolding present. Across different countries and contexts an opaque, uncertain fog hangs over us. The effect of a foreboding mix of crisis and transition, this fog is increasingly hard to navigate, punctured as it is by various forms of state, economic and political violence. Within this haze, how can we visualize and articulate our own subject positions, modes of being and political agency in the world? What might it induce to describe and re-scribe the present? And what can artistic thinking; its processes and aesthetic strategies bring to this field of inquiry? Read more about the exhibition on the State of Concept website.
How We Behave is a project by Grant Watson, originally commissioned by If I Can't Dance as part of Edition V – Appropriation and Dedication (2013–2014) and funded by the Mondriaan Fund and the Arts Council of England, the latter in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary and The Showroom London. The second phase of the project is co-commissioned by The Showroom and If I Can’t Dance.