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The Living and the Dead Ensemble and Charlotte Johannesson at Badischer Kunstverein

July 1–September 11, 2022

In the Caribbean, the possibility of another life arises when day gives birth to night. LANJELIS is a time for marronnage and repose. A way and shelter are sought far from inquisitive eyes. Additionally, it is a time of covert uprisings, music and dancing, tales, and enigmatic pictures. Thus, drawing on the traces left by the African lives lost during the Atlantic journey and from encounter with European and Indigenous cultures, the Creole language and a common imagination were created.

LANJELIS compiles viewpoints on the globe coming from a location that is directly affected by the climate issue. A turbulent political environment that is currently driving the island’s residents into exile cannot be concealed by the wealth of Haitian artistic production. LANJELIS serves as a reminder of their uprising against a dishonest government.

LANJELIS speaks on the abilities of Haitian and Caribbean imagination, in the form of the wake, oscillating between day and night, between revolutionary fervor and chaos, between history and future, all intricately entwined. The wake is a dynamic environment that necessitates presence. This exhibition is designed to avoid any propensity toward voyeurism or extractivism in the discussion of cultures from the Global South by providing a forum for interaction, debate, shared forms of knowledge, and hospitality. The Ensemble is putting together a comprehensive project that brings together all of the last five years’ worth of works at the crossroads of theater, literature, and film. At the Kunstverein, The Ensemble is a resident artist.

July 14, 8pm: The Wake. Theater play.

July 15, 8:30pm: Images/imagineries from Haïti. Talk by Giscard Bouchotte, with Rossi Jacques Casimir
 & James Desiris

July 16, 2–5pm
: Krik!? Krak! Krik!?
 Workshop with the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe.
6pm: Raranaval. Contemporary Rara.
8pm: Freda by Gessica Généus, with Dieuvela Cherestal & Cynthia Maignan.

Charlotte Johannesson: ALL LINED UP
ALL LINED UP presents Charlotte Johannesson (1943, Malmö, Sweden) in her first comprehensive solo exhibition in Germany. The artist works in various media, including textiles, plotter prints, painting, and digital slide presentations. Among her interests are anti-disciplinary symbolism, the circulation of knowledge, and a continuous striving for innovation. The exhibition extends from textile works of the 1970s to computer graphics of the 1980s and all the way to current computer made textiles. Johannesson’s artistic praxis links
 the craft technology of the weaving loom with the digital technology of computer programming. Trained as a weaver, she produced politically motivated tapestries in the late 1960s and developed her works in self-organised and extra-institutional structures. The way in which she deploys the weaving loom, activating it politically and associating it with digital patterning, also undermines forms of gender-specific normalisation and binary classifications. Her artistic approach situates in relation to the countercultures of the 1960s and 70s,
 the punk movement, feminism, and the incipient digital movement.

In 1978, together with her partner Sture Johannesson, she founded the first digital art laboratory in Scandinavia. For the so-called “Micro-Performances”, Johannesson designed Computer graphics that resided between pop-cultural symbolism and graphic abstraction. Later on, she evolved this process to include numerous plotted prints that were coded to the dimensions of the weaving loom. In the computer made textiles from 2019, she re-uses images from the 1980’s, once again exploring the possibilities of medial and handcraft production, intensifying forms of representation to the point of crisis and devising a speculative image world that 
is situated beyond institutional legitimation: “Save as art? Yes/No”.

Curated by Anja Casser. 

With special thanks to the gallery Hollybush Gardens, London.

Artist talk: July 1, 7pm, with Charlotte Johannesson

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LANJELIS is funded by the program “Kultur trotz Corona” of the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg.

The Living and the Dead Ensemble: LANJELIS 
Mackenson Bijou, Rossi Jacques Casimir, Dieuvela Cherestal, James Desiris, Louis Henderson, Léonard Jean-Baptiste, Cynthia Maignan, Sophonie Maignan, Olivier Marboeuf, Zakh Turin

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