Emmy Hennings and Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi Exhibition

Swiss Institute Contemporary Art

poster for Emmy Hennings and Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi Exhibition

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This two-person presentation of underrecognized 20th-century writer and artist Emmy Hennings (b. 1885, d. 1948) and emerging Zurich-based artist Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi (b. 1995) was originally presented at Zürich’s Cabaret Voltaire this past spring, where it was curated by director Salome Hohl. The exhibition situates Henning’s rarely-seen archive of art and writing within a series of vitrines and showcases made by Ghaznawi. Hennings, who co-founded Cabaret Voltaire in 1915 with her romantic partner, renowned Dadaist Hugo Ball, received little recognition during her lifetime, while Ghaznawi’s presentation subtly raises questions regarding remembrance and memorial in public and private spaces.

Haunted Haus is made possible in part through the SI Annual Exhibition Fund. SI wishes to thank the lenders to the exhibition: Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London; Bel Ami, Los Angeles; Chapter NY; Gaudel de Stampa, Paris; Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; Anne and Arthur Goldstein; International Flavors and Fragrances; and Galerie Philippzollinger. SI additionally wishes to thank Margaux Bosquillon de Jenlis, Penelope Bigelow, Jocelyn Wolff and Sandrine Djerouet.

SI Programming is made possible in part with public funds from Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Main sponsors include LUMA Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Friends of SI. SI gratefully acknowledges Swiss Re as SI ONSITE Partner, Vitra as Design Partner, Crozier Fine Arts as Preferred Shipping Art Logistics Partner, and SWISS as Travel Partner.

[1] Hauntology, a word with phonic similarity to “ontology,” is a term first coined by Jacques Derrida in lectures given at the symposium “Whither Marxism” at UC Riverside in 1993, later published as Spectres of Marx (1993). There, he discusses the particular ways that the “spectre of Communism,” mentioned by Marx in the opening lines of The Communist Manifesto, would continue to haunt the world after “the End of History” (Francis Fukuyama, 1992). The concept found new resonance in the 2010s, particularly through the work of the British writer and critic Mark Fisher (1968–2017).



from November 18, 2020 to December 20, 2020

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