Who If Not We...?

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Who if not we . . . ? consists of seven exhibitions (episodes) and a number of additional projects throughout Europe organized by Thinking Forward--a cultural program formed on the occasion of the Dutch presidency of the European Union. The main motivation of this visual art program is to discuss how art can participate in current social and political change. In the words of Maria Hlavajova: "The question IWho if not we . . . ?' points to our primary motivation: to interpret this political assignment as an opportunity to modestly appeal to Iwe'--European artists, thinkers, and others--to take an active part in creating a new reality through artistic and knowledge production. If not we, then others will, and we run the risk that such a future would not necessarily be shaped around our own hopes and dreams." This publication presents comprehensive insight into all parts of the program, and includes new texts by Ole Bouman, Boris Groys, Igor Zabel, and others.

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Francis Alys was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1959. Trained as an architect, Alys moved to Mexico in 1986 and within a few years began to work as a visual artist. Known initially for his paintings, Alys has also become a highly regarded video artist, interventionist and performance artist. His work received a great deal of attention in 2002, when he staged a ceremonial procession commemorating The Museum of Modern Art's move from midtown Manhattan to its temporary home in Long Island City, Queens. Alys has also exhibited work in group exhibitions at The Hayward Gallery, London, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

"Rineke Dijkstra was born in 1959 in Sittard, the Netherlands, and lives and works in Amsterdam. She has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Venice Biennale; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Photographers Gallery, London."

Boris Groys is professor of philosophy and media theory at the ZKM/Sentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe and the director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He has published widely on modernism and the avant-garde, and is the author of many books, including The Total Art of Stalinism, One the New: Essays on Cultural Economy and The Logic of the Collection. A regular contributor to Parkett, Artforum and Art in America, Groys has written about contemporary artists Ilya Kabakov, Fischli & Weiss, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham and Richard Prince.

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