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Thus Waves Come in Pairs: Thinking with the Mediterraneans

Thus Waves Come in Pairs: Thinking with the Mediterraneans

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Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Publisher:
Sternberg Press
ISBN:
9781915609229
Pages:
144
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Description

Reflections on the Mediterraneans, their interconnected cultures and bodies of sweet and salty water, and the possibilities of narrating their current transformations.

In 2021, Etel Adnan and Simone Fattal recorded an intimate conversation about the Mediterranean at their Parisian home: “There are many Mediterraneans: the geographical, the historical, the philosophical... the personal, the one we swim, and we have swum in. It‘s an experience to swim, it is something you can‘t explain to somebody who never swam. This feeling of being held up by this water.”

The third cycle of TBA21–Academy’s curatorial fellowship program The Current, spanning from 2021–2023 focused on the Mediterraneans in a program entitled Thus waves come in pairs after a line from Adnan’s poem “Sea and Fog.” It pointed to the necessity of thinking of, and thinking with, the Mediterraneans as plural—plural as their interconnected cultures, and bodies of sweet and salty water, and possibilities of narrating their current transformations. 

The rapid expansion of droughts, disruption of cycles of water and heat waves (above and below the rising sea level, where temperatures are rising and biodiversity is declining) across all Mediterranean shores is a key indicator of climate change in this area, occurring at a pace 20 percent faster than anywhere else on the planet. Mediterraneanization is an expansive global phenomenon now, whose borders and inhabitants are on the move. It calls for reorienting, and registering "the limits of our own apparatuses of knowledge,” as Iain Chambers and Marta Cariello write in their essay “The Mediterranean Question: Thinking with the Diver.”

By taking the conversation between Adnan and Fattal as a point of departure and inspiration, this publication intends to collect interdisciplinary reflections around/about the Mediterraneans through art, oceanic thinking, science, and activism, as well as to record fragments of the past two years of research, carried out through conversations, lectures, walks, trips, live performances, and podcasts.

Contributors
Jumana Emil Abboud, Omar Berrada, Barbara Casavecchia, Pietro Consolandi, Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu, Petrit Halilaj & Álvaro Urbano, Zeyn Joukhadar, Ibrahim Nehme, Giovanna Silva. Foreword by Markus Reymann.

Copublished by TBA21-Academy

About the Author

Barbara Casavecchia is a freelance writer, independent curator, and educator based in Venice and Milan, where she teaches at Brera and NABA art academies. Contributing editor for Frieze, her features and essays—often focused on Italian contemporary art, visual cultures, and feminisms—have appeared in Art Agenda, Art Review, D/La Repubblica, Flash Art, Kaleidoscope, Mousse, Nero, South/documenta 14, Spike, among others, as well as in several artist books and catalogues. In 2021–2023, she is leading the fellowship The Current III "Mediterraneans: Thus waves come in pairs" for TBA21-Academy and curating the eponymous exhibition at Ocean Space, with new commissions by Simone Fattal and Petrit Halilaj & Álvaro Urbano (April–Nov 2023).