Inspired by the present-day social, economic and political upheaval, The Riot Act brings together representations of the rational and the irrational, the acknowledged and the unacknowledged, in order to draw attention to the contradictions related to the notion of subjectivity within the normative conception of the public sphere. The exhibition references two quotations, Antonin Artaud’s Theatre and its Double (1938), and Nicolas Sarkozy’s current social policies.
Each artwork presented in the exhibition deals with the performative as each artist traces obscure workings of the human mind and acts that stem from it. They reveal contradictions inherent to the ways in which subjectivity is defined, documented, and commemorated, and present alternatives to the already acknowledged patterns of perception and behavior.
Curated by Nazlı Gürlek.