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In 2012 YES! Association / Föreningen JA! took part in the exhibition Anti-Establishment curated by Johanna Burton at CCS Bard Galleries with the many-fold project SMOKING AREA. As part of their project, YES! Association / Föreningen JA! worked on the idea of commemorating Hannah Arendt’s ideas of friendship and conversation with a plaque and the inauguration of the Hannah Arendt Smoking Porch—commemorating Arendt’s love of talking and smoking.
For Hannah Arendt, action and speech create a space between participants, which can find its location almost any time and anywhere. It is the space of appearance. The space where I appear to others, as others appear to me. We propose that the Porch at the Hannah Arendt Center is a space of appearance – a space for thinking and smoking and not smoking, and most importantly, for the sharing of words and deeds.
During the weekend September 16-17 the Hannah Arendt Center will host YES! Association / Föreningen JA!. The artists will inhabit the porch as a space of appearance. This documented action will be YES! Association / Föreningen JA!’s contribution to the exhibition Feminism is Politics! curated by Olga Kopenkina, on view at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery from September 28 – November 27, 2016.
Support by IASPIS, Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for Visual and Applied Artists.
YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is pleased to announce that we have received support from Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists for our participation in the exhibition Feminism Is Politics! at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York.