«Referendum on withdrawal from the human race» an exhibition organized by Hudrada will open at 6 p.m.on October 19, 2014 at Teatr Powszechny im. Zygmunta Hübnera in Warsaw.
The multidisciplinary curatorial union Hudrada, which works with conflictful themes like court proceedings, the labor of (non)artists, and disputed territory, is proposing a shift in aspect – to look at humans’ place in the world not as given to them for endless exploitation or as something to be seized and bettered, but as the time of thinking and looking.
«Referendum on withdrawal from the human race» questions the idea of the human race as monolithic, and offers another view of the human in the world, one where a particular human being may have a lot more in common with a plant or, say, a mosquito than with another human.
Perhaps the notions of “man” and “humanism” ought to be questioned in a new way?
Perhaps a uniform world where all living and nonliving beings are hierarchically organized no longer exists?
Perhaps the existence of what is most luminous in humans depends on the dark sphere that separates them from animals, plants, things?
Perhaps in order to be human, man must come to know himself as nonhuman?
«Referendum» will also be shown in Kyiv at art space «Closer» in December 2014.
For more information, please see http://referendumonwithdrawal.tumblr.com
The exhibition in Teatr Powszechny is part of the multifaceted project «What to kill for? War.Peace.Ukraine» curated by Joanna Wichowska.