19.06.20 – 11.10.20

Crack Up – Crack Down

Participant Hamja Ahsan takes part in Crack Up  Crack Down, a satirical exhibition curated by the art collective Slavs and Tatars. Its first edition was presented at the 33rd Biennial of Graphic Art in Ljubljana, and is now available to view at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art

Opening: 19 June 202019:00

On view until 11 October 2020

By gathering sharp jokes, drawings, activist interventions, and ironic memes, the exhibition explores how humour has evolved over the last decades.

With the rise of populism across the globe (not to mention reductive and revanchist forms of identity politics), there has been vigorous debate over who constitutes ‘the people.’ For more than a millennium, satire has been a particularly contested genre to explore such questions, via varying degrees of serious invective or jocular teasing. Is each joke, as George Orwell maintained, a tiny revolution? Or does laughter deflate the pressures and tension which could otherwise lead to political upheaval? – Slavs and Tatars

Jan van Eyck participant Hamja Ahsan is a an artist, writer, activist and curator based in London. His debut book Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert (Bookworks 2017) – a work of speculative fiction about a revolutionary political party for shy, quiet, introvert and autistic spectrum peoples –  has developed into several art projects and collaborations including a film produced. He was recently awarded the Grand Prize at the 2019 Ljubljana Biennial of Graphics curated by Slavs and Tartars for the commissioned work Aspergistan Referendum based on this book. 

 

Image retrieved from U-jazdowski.

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