Raw Material Company

Faites Comme Chez Vous

25 May - 22 Jun 2011

A kassen, Phillip Aguirre y Otegui, Kenneth A. Balfelt, Fatim, Kan-Si, Otobong Nkanga, George Osodi, Piniang, Fatou Kandé Senghor, Wooloo and Xuman
25 May - 22 June 2011

Faites comme chez vous presents 11 international artists and artists’ groups whose works address the notion of hospitality. The notion of hospitality forcedly embodies the concept of the other or the foreigner, for the word requires a framework in which to layout the outsider or the guest. Borrowed from the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, „Faites comme chez vous“ is in itself a self-limiting invitation which means: please feel at home, but remember that this is not true, this is not your home and you are expected to respect my rules. In his thinking and writing on hospitality Derrida also distinguished between a guest and a parasite arguing that hospitality, reception or the welcome offered have to be submitted to a basic jurisdiction. Not all new arrivals are received as guests if they don’t have the benefit of the right to hospitality or the right to asylum. The contemporary world is characterized by the constant movement and displacement of people, as well as by the increased unwillingness of countries to welcome migrants. The exhibition looks at how artists interpret the ideas of home and hospitality in a globalized world.

Tags: A-Kassen, A Kassen, Otobong Nkanga, George Osodi