Maria Martins

At the Documenta 13 – Maria Martins
25.09.12 BY Bridget
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In June I visited Kassel for the opening week of Documenta 13. Even with five days up my sleeve I didn’t get to see all of the parts of the show, so numerous and spread out were the pavilions and works in the gardens. I was also trying to attend as many lectures and films as possible during the week, a definate highlight was Michael Taussig’s talks.  Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (who curated the Sydney Biennale) posits that there are four possible conditions (only 4!?) that artists and thinkers  find themselves under today: Under siege, On retreat, In a state of hope or optimism, On stage. I would add to that, broke in a flat in Peckham, but still. So Christov-Bakargiev envisions a state of crisis and emergency, and there is a lot of work that can clearly be identified as “politcal” complete with the heavy quotation marks th