Apr 8th 2017

Nancy Fraser defines misrecognition as the cultural creation “of a class of devalued persons” who are denied full social partnership based on the production of “an institutionalized social relation.” As an injury to social status, misrecognition does not need to be validated through other forms of structural inequality, such as economic and class relations. “Injustices of distribution and injustices of recognition” are interrelated and inseparable. They are two sides of the same harm that would presumably be eliminated from any ethical social sphere. The “stranger” (that figure of misrecognition par excellence) has long-since been construed as a disturbance to highly regulated hegemonic orders. Thus, for Okwui Enwezor, “The human as a ghostly presence . . . marks the separation between those . . . who must seek the status of normalcy for their inclusion into the human family by first exorcizing their strangeness, foreignness, otherness.” This exhibition is an exploration of ghostly presences, the interrelated experiences of symbolic and material alienation, estrangement, and misrecognition within one’s own land, culture, and socio-political milieu.

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