Rirkrit Tiravanija "Demonstration Drawings"

The Drawing Center

poster for Rirkrit Tiravanija "Demonstration Drawings"

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This exhibition, featuring over 200 works on paper, will be the first U.S. museum exhibition of the Thailand-based artist’s ongoing series of commissioned drawings derived from images of demonstrations first captured in photographs from the International Herald Tribune.
While political protests and mass demonstrations are often associated with the politics of the 1960s, Tiravanija’s project reconsiders their relevance in today’s political climate. For the Demonstration Drawings, Tiravanija has commissioned Thai artists, many of them former students, to create a series of photorealistic pencil drawings depicting multifarious responses to power, authority, and influence. Tiravanija’s drawings translate photojournalist depictions of acts of political spontaneity into a medium itself characterized by immediacy–turning ephemeral images of strife and social conflict into documents of political aspiration. By confronting commonly-held assumptions about the resistance to economic liberalism and globalization, the Demonstration Drawings provide a perspectival view of collective actions, political protests, and popular sovereignty movements worldwide—in short, the continuing effect of global capital on global civil society.



from September 12, 2008 to November 06, 2008

Opening Reception on 2008-09-11 from 18:00 to 20:00

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