Survival Techniques: Narratives of ResistanceApr 13 — Jul 1, 2012

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ghost Teen, 2009

  • MRK Palash, Liberation War 1971, Bangladesh, 2010

  • Sigalit Landau, Azkelon, 2011

Work by: 

Yto Barrada
Raphaël Dallaporta 
Rainer Ganahl 
Philippe Laleu 
Sigalit Landau 
Daria Menozzi 
Li Mu
MRK Palash 
Uriel Orlow
Navin Rawanchaikul 
Julika Rudelius
Apichatpong Weerasethakul 
Tintin Wulia 
Zhang Peili 
Artur Zmijewski

The exhibition Survival Techniques: Narratives of Resistance looks at human conflict and the ways individuals and groups endure long-term hardship. The 15 international artists in this exhibition approach contentious political issues that, although individually nuanced, present parallel fundamental challenges to the human psyche. From various reactions to situations rising out of differences in ideologies, to the impact of nationalism, ethnicity, and power, the artists investigate a range of human travails—including exile, displacement, and the struggle to exist in a state of flux.

This exhibition is co-organized by MoCP Director Natasha Egan and Davide Quadrio, cofounder of Arthub Asia, a group of independent thinkers devoted to contemporary art creation in China and across Asia, with the assistance of Allison Grant, MoCP Assistant Curator. A selection of works for this exhibition comes from the FarEastFarWest collection on extended loan to the MoCP. FarEastFarWest commissions and collects challenging artworks focused on contemporary Asia and its role in the world.



Complete exhibition essay 

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