Kunsthal Gent hosts The Institute of Things to Come, an itinerant program curated by Valerio Del Baglivo, that comprises a yearly-thematic program of performances, workshops, publications and exhibitions. Each year The Institute focuses on a different theme, inviting artists who use speculative and fictional arguments to imagine alternatives and propose positions of social critique. This year's program questions the categories of alterity in opposition to current politics of sovereignty, national belonging, and heteronormative approaches in times of globally-expanded populist politics.
At Kunsthal Gent, The Institute of Things to Come presents new work by Goda Palekaitė and Quinsy Gario. Through the means of performance, storytelling and writing, both the artists weave together historical facts and personal accounts with the aim of deconstructing the grand narratives underlying hegemonic discourses on race, identity, gender and origin.
The exhibition “The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue” by Goda Palekaitė is presented in the Old House and looks at historical and contemporary female writers and writings by mystics and saints to reflect on the power of speaking and writing in relation to the body and sexuality.
Tracing a memory pt. 2. is a new performance by artist Quinsy Gario, in which he reflects on Dutch colonization, decolonization movements in the Caribbean and contemporary concerns of recolonization. The performance is pre-recorded in Kunsthal Gent and will be on view both online and in Kunsthal Gent.