In the group exhibition Worldmaking Tentacles, technological, ecological, and spiritual wisdoms meet to conjure an array of possible futures. The artists summon phoenix-like moments in which nature emerges outside of colonial-patriarchal destructive relations; bodies transcend race, gender, and sexuality; and ancestral knowledge is wedded with technology. Each in their own way, the artists are concerned with a reconditioning of historical, linguistic, and scientific imaginaries. In this postnatural, posthuman universe, the past gains multiple tentacles that shapeshift toward a myriad of speculative, caring futures.
ABOUT MOMENTA BIENNALE DE L'IMAGE
MOMENTA Biennale de l’image is an international contemporary art biennale devoted to the image. Its mission is to generate a sensitive and sensible impact on the world around us by means of images. The event implements unifying and structuring initiatives for art dissemination and education, to encourage reflection on and access to contemporary art. Founded in 1989 as Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, the organization was renamed MOMENTA Biennale de l’image in 2017. At its last edition in 2019, the biennale included 13 exhibitions, 39 artists, and 40 public events, and public attendance totalled more than 210,000 exhibition visits.
Julien Creuzet (born in Le Blanc-Mesnil, France; lives in Montreuil, France) explores diasporic experiences through the lens of cultural heritages, including his own. In immersive works that combine sculpture, video, poetry, and music, he highlights connections among imaginaries, social realities, and forgotten stories. He draws his inspiration from the Martinican poets Aimé Césaire and Édouard Glissant and their reflections on creolization, migration, and the figure of the archipelago – poetic and theoretical spaces where diversity and difference manage to be preserved, yet in a globalizing spirit.
Sandra Mujinga (born in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo; lives in Berlin, Germany, and in Oslo, Norway) examines issues related to identity by delving into politics of visibility and representation, modulated more than ever by questions of surveillance and control. Through a multidisciplinary practice guided by intersectional feminism and decoloniality, Mujinga, an artist and musician, explores the mechanisms of observation and concealment. Inspired by digital technologies and the animal world, she probes the notion of presence and the political potential of its opposite: absence.