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How To Not Build A Nation: Performative Symposium at Hamburger Bahnhof on 12 June 2022

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

On 12 June 2022 a performative symposium activates the installation How To Not Build A Nation in the exhibition Nation, Narration, Narcosis at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. The installation formulates modes of resistance against the nationalist formation of states and explores the role of the nation, particularly in the context of Zomia.

Zomia is a geographical term for a nearly 2.5 million square kilometre area of mainland in Southeast Asia that stretches from the north-east of India eastwards through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, the central highlands of Vietnam to Cambodia, encompassing the southern Chinese provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, and western Guangxi. The political scientist and anthropologist James C. Scott calls it the largest remaining non-state space in the world, because the roughly 100 million people who live there do not belong to any government.

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The program is developed with the support of the Goethe-Institut in the framework of Collecting Entanglement and Embodied Histories, a dialogue between the collections of Nationalgalerie, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, and Singapore Art Museum, initiated by the Goethe-Institut.