Chantal Akerman, Harold Ancart, Jef Geys, Dan Graham, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Robert Lebeck, An-My Lê, Otobong Nkanga, Marina Pinsky, Claudia Peña Salinas, Adam Simon, Momoyo Torimitsu, Hil Yeh – Hearts and Minds – Carriage Trade – ****.5 Speaking of art doing something, this show is a great example in that it’s one of the exceedingly rare examples of a good political art show. This is materialist/documentary/archival as opposed to ideological/dogmatic, oriented towards showing the world as it is in a way that leads one to identify injustice and formulate an ideological perspective instead of presenting a predetermined value judgment on a silver platter. Control, propaganda, plants, sex, media, administration, rebellion, architecture, these are simply facts of our existence that must be made sense of in some way to make life navigable. The fact of the matter, though, is that life is simply unnavigable for many due to these forces conspiring to deceive and maintain their opacity to the general public.
It was George Orwell who coined “doublethink,” the dangerous capacity of the citizenry to hold contradictory or morally wrong beliefs as a result of political indoctrination—but its terrifying instantiation comes from history, not fiction. “Hearts and Minds,” at carriage trade, a joint project with the Brussels-based gallery Rectangle, draws its name from a Lyndon B. Johnson quote: a war, he suggests, is won not by artillery but by psychology, a so-called hearts-and-mind warfare. Johnson could not win his war, even on its home front: the conflict in Vietnam would come to be seen as a wholly failed endeavor.
We are pleased to announce that Rectangle has been welcomed as a new member of the NADA!
The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. more info.
List of new members:
1969 Gallery – New York Nir Altman – Munich CARVALHO PARK – New York Fragment Gallery – Moscow Ginsberg – Lima Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects – New York High Gallery – Warsaw The Hole – New York Hunter Shaw Fine Art – Los Angeles in lieu – Los Angeles Kapp Kapp – Philadelphia / New York LETO – Warsaw Mixer – Istanbul Mother Gallery – Beacon, NY NIAD Art Center – Richmond, CA Project Pangée – Montreal PROXYCO – New York Rectangle – Brussels, Belgium Stoneleaf Retreat – Kingston, NY Ulterior Gallery – New York Y2K group – New York
All the private partners who have supported us for many events out- side and within their walls: Greylight Projects, Sagacity, Alain Servais. And many others: Wiels, Le Salon, Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Gregory Lang, Angel Vergara & Joël Benzakin, Maud Salembier, Galerie Nadja Vilenne, Waldburger Wouters, and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen. Just as much and differently for their continuous support Colette Dubois, Saskia Gevaert, Septembre Tiberghien, Antony Hudek, Nicolas Jolly, Tim Wouters, Amélie Micoud, Stella Loning, Marta Saccani, Dragos & Erika Olea.
All Belgian and French public partners: Adera, Sint-Gillis Cultuur, The Walk, FWB for their support and trust.
And finally, thank you to all our fellow friends and family.