South as a State of Mind #10 Launch Event

South as a State of Mind

Issue # 10 is out now
Summer / Fall 2018

Edited by Marina Fokidis (Editor in Chief and Founding Director) and Monika Szewczyk (Guest Editor)
Re-designed by Studio Lialios Vazoura, and published by Cube Art Editions Athens, with key support of the Goethe Institute as well as the financial aid of Schwarz Foundation

Featuring contributions by Sandra Benites and Pablo Lafuente, Ángela Bonadies, Ayse Çavdar, Christopher Cozier, Angela Dimitrakaki, Miquel Martí Freixas, Jorge Garcia, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Las Nietas de Nonó, Lucy R. Lippard, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Ana Pato, Koleka Putuma, Megha Ralapati, Suely Rolnik, Wisława Szymborska, Juergen Teller, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Marina Vishmidt

The issue will be launched in collaboration with the 10th Berlin Biennale public program at I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not # 8: departure, a performance by one of our contributors, Koleka Putuma.
Sunday 10.6.2018, 5–8 pm
May-Ayim-Ufer 5-9
10997, Berlin

Dear Friends, welcome back to South as a State of Mind.

As you may know, our magazine was founded in Athens in 2012 with a desire to face the future amidst bleak prognoses brought on by economic crisis and crypto colonisation. During the course of its first five issues it became a gathering place for shared intensities, for placing sovereignties in relation, for a growing affective network. Between 2015 and 2017, it was reconfigured as the journal of documenta 14 for four issues under the editorship of Quinn Latimer (editor in chief of Publications, documenta 14) and Adam Szymczyk (artistic director of documenta 14). The results are forever part of our evolving history and we will remain welcoming to all the ideas, attitudes and the characters that sustained and transformed South, putting us in contact with many new readers and collective ways of learning.

But what does it mean to maintain?

If the word ‘maintenance’ at first strikes you as vaguely conservative or at odds with the productive or creative or sexy vocabularies put in the service of art and culture (which remain our preoccupations), the contributors of South as a State of Mind #10 open up this much-maligned method. They call out the abuse of life by the powers that be – in North and South America, in Northwestern and Southwestern Europe. They reconfigure our very sense of being together, drawing on cosmogonies indigenous to Africa, Mesoamerica, South Asia, the Amazon basin and beyond (as a state of mind, South has never been geographically or otherwise limited). These twenty authors offer rich and expansive historical perspectives, cultural nuances and prognoses for the insurgencies of spirit – reframing our material conditions on the ground, so we can maintain our multiple, micropolitical, mindful sovereignties.

Our own relaunch syncs up to the opening of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, whose curator Gabi Ngcobo together with the curatorial team – Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Serubiri Moses, Thiago de Paula Souza, and Yvette Mutumba – and the Berlin Biennale participants Christopher Cozier, Las Nietas de Nonó, and Koleka Putuma contribute a crucial segment to this issue.

You are warmly invited to join our launch event and our circle of readers and subscribers.

For additional information and visuals please press here or contact:
Jorgina Stamogianni (Managing Editor), press@southasastateofmind.com, +30 697 267 7816

The magazine will be available for purchase online and at various bookstores worldwide. Selling points will be announced shortly on our website.

South as a State of Mind is printed in Greece ISSN: 2241-3901 ISBN: 978-618-5204-06-8

Editorial Committee Sepake Angiama, Shumon Basar, Kimberly Bradley, Federica Bueti, 
Diana Campbell Betancourt, 
Fabio Cypriano, Övül O. Durmusoglu, Salvatore Lacagnina, Pablo Lafuente, Pablo León de la Barra, Antonia Majaca, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Gabi Ngcobo, Gene Ray,
 Marcelo Rezende, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Yorgos Tzirtizilakis, Misal Adnan Yildiz

Advisory Committee Rasheed Araeen, Manthia Diawara, Solange Farkas, Rainer Hauswirth, Vicky Kanellopoulou, Matthias Mühling, Stilpon Nestor, Nikos Papastergiadis, Stefanie Peter, Marieke Van Hal, Chiona Xanthopoulou-Schwarz