CONTEMPTORARY CYBERSPACE PROJECT COVERING: WOMEN OF COLOR AND INDIGENOUS WOMEN QUEERING THE ART WORLD: MARGINALIZED GENDERS DISRUPTING WHITE HEGEMONY: IMMIGRANTS AND THOSE DISPLACED DUE TO WAR, OCCUPATION AND COLONIALISM WHO BREACH ALL TERRAINS

This project is a twofold:

  1. The contempt as a commitment to clearing the horizon for necessary ruptures

  2. The forging of communities to build new horizons

Let’s call it contemptorary: contempt for all declared present creations.

Contempt against: discovery. Contempt for: token corners. Contempt against: the propaganda of scarcity.

The contempt for the contemporary is an acknowledgement of the conditions under which we participate as artists, writers, and cultural producers. It’s not a refusal, it’s participation with caution, suspicion: fury.

We think about the contemporary, and our contempt for it. We wonder if it is possible to talk about one without the other. The contempt is embedded in the contemporary. We write through our anger, disdain, grief and faith in the possibility of, as Audre Lorde stated: difference based coalitions.

We write knowing that present culture is not shaped under the stars but under bombs, drones, under state violence–here the careful examination of what we produce and the conditions in which we produce them are not separate, but totalizing: contempt is only the beginning.

We write infelicitously through the framework of uncertain, in-process, ongoing language. We say a word and it becomes something else so we change our minds. We are taught a framework and we see the ways in which it can be exploded so it is tried. Women and Queer–much like racialization will be worked and reworked through the ever-stretched limits of contemptorary art.

contemptorary was born out of the excitement for insightful contextualization, and embodied conceptualization. We cautiously map out our world word by word, one picture at a time, bludgeoning the violence of everyday: intellectual or otherwise.

 

Email us at contemptorary.arts@gmail.com.

–Eunsong Kim & Gelare Khoshgozaran


 

We were recently interviewed by Alex Teplitzky on the Creative Capital blog about the work we do at contemptorary.