The official catalogue of ‘Moving Backwards’ at the Swiss Pavilion is now out!
Starting with the feeling of being pushed backwards by recent reactionary backlashes, Moving Backwards explores resistance practices, combining post-modern choreography and urban dance with guerrilla techniques and elements of queer underground culture. A film installation with five performers from diverse dance backgrounds complicates the notion of backward movements and their temporal and spatial meaning. Parts of the walks, solos, and group dances are carried out backwards, others are digitally reversed, creating doubt and ambiguities for the installation as a whole. In an environment that the artists call an “abstract club,” the uncanny experience of temporal and spatial insecurity is complemented by a moment of reflection on the planetary politics of “moving backwards” with letters written to the audience by a number of artists, choreographers, activists, and scholars.
These statements alongside video stills, exhibition views and essays are gathered in an eponymous catalogue, published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.
The publication includes statements by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Azar Mahmoudian, Judith Butler, Fouza Al-Youssef, Antke Engel, Patrisse Cullors, Trajal Harrell, Marwa Arsanios, Mirkan Deniz, Treva Ellison, Ahmed Refaat and Andrea Thal, Nikita Dhawan, Eve Tuck and Françoise Vergès. It comprises an essay by curator Charlotte Laubard on the viewers’ experience of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz’s installation at the Swiss Pavilion; an essay by scholar André Lepecki on queer temporalities and poetics in relation to the notion of “moving backwards”; as well as a postface by Marianne Burki, Head of visual arts at the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.