Raphael Fonseca & Anna Schneider (eds.)
Sweat is an expression of life. Sweat connotes resistance, transformation, and attraction; it divulges joy and excess; it evinces fear and illness, and is evidence of dedication and exertion. By way of this salty moisture, vitality becomes a physical residue that enlivens the senses. This bodily juice thus affords a material filter through which recurrent cultural themes of the human—dynamics of interiority and expression, physical labor, sex and sexuality—can be read as enmeshed within the biophysical process of sweating. It is therefore productive to consider to what extent, and for which bodies, cultural norms and social values converge within and thereby overcode this transparent secretion.*
Sweat, the book, is published in conjunction with Sweat, group exhibition of the same title taking place at Haus der Kunst (Munich) from June 2021 to January 2022. The result of two years of intensive research, Sweat brings together 30 artistic voices that respond to several conditions of political pressure. The artistic positions range from present-day to pioneering works from the 1970s and 80s that mobilized feminist and postcolonial movements in art and society, opening up historical perspectives on artistic languages that were embedded in forms of radical social emancipation. Sweat is traversed by unique poetics of pleasure and polyphony. These counter politics of enmity and exclusion through the creation of sensual acts of self-determination and the materialization of stories that have hitherto been silenced and rendered invisible. In the book, the powerful constellation of artistic work is reflected and further explored in a series of specially commissioned essays by international scholars, activists, and curators. As Sweat co-editor Raphael Fonseca writes in the book: "Living by itself is already an act of resistance—and here sweat is a sign that we are alive." The publication is sensuously designed by Estúdio Margem from São Paulo with the practice of Carnival in mind as a form of "life in rehearsal" (Ruthie Wilson Gilmore). It offers guidance, tools, and spaces of imagination for exhibition visitors and reader-viewers alike.
[ * quote by Anna Schneider ]
Sweat. Edited by Raphael Fonseca & Anna Schneider. With artwork by Pacita Abad, Mohamed Bourouissa, chameckilerner, Mary Beth Edelson, Philipp Gufler, Eisa Jocson, Isaac Julien, Natalia LL, Daniel Lind-Ramos, MAHKU (Movement of Huni Kuin Artists), António Ole, Santiago Reyes, Tabita Rezaire, Guadalupe Rosales, Jacolby Satterwhite, Tschabalala Self, Tuesday Smillie, João Pedro Vale & Nuno Alexandre Ferreira, Kaylene Whiskey, Zadie Xa, and others. With texts by Olamiju Fajemisin, Raphael Fonseca, Renée Akitelek Mboya, André Lepecki, Andrea Lissoni, Miguel Lopez, Anna Schneider, Elena Setzer, Claire Tancons, and Helena Vieira. Translation by Stephan Geene and Anna-Sophie Springer. Design by Estúdio Margem, São Paolo
English / German
17 x 24 cm
Threadbound / otabind
Forthcoming in September 2021 – available for pre-order !