AMSTERDAM. Belén Zahera and Susana Cámara Leret “Unspoken We”. 12 may – 17 june 2018. W139. Space for contemporary Arts

“Unspoken We” is an all-encompassing event that includes an exhibition and a number of parallel activities by international artists and theorists. With a focus on language, performativity and literature, the project explores the potentiality of the individual within a collaborative framework through notions of contamination, pollination, voice, scene construction and situation in order to stage the refrain of a future “we”.

The artist participating are Sarah Bayliss, Ninna Bohn Pedersen, Pippa Connolly, Susana Cámara Leret, Jason Dungan, Charlie Kerr, Freek Wambacq and Belén Zahera 

As we push, pull and rub against each other, as we lean on things and chew over concepts and biological matter, our lives unfold. Acknowledging that contamination is an inevitable part of all human as well as material relations, “Unspoken We” takes the root meaning of this word as its starting point and grounding concept: to touch, pollute, handle, defile or be near. By doing so, the exhibition investigates the performative nature of collaboration and explores the impossibility to remain pure or resist the influence of others and one’s surroundings.

“Unspoken We” reflects on the conditions of synergy by doing away with attempts of prior unification. Instead, assembling a narrative from scattered chapters where each character, space, word, and page is a potential pollutant to the others. Influenced by the inconsistencies carried by each of its members Unspoken We lays bare the broken storylines and the inevitable gaps and black holes of translation and miscommunication.The exhibition dives beneath the surface of our cosmetic selves in order to manipulate and produce the flesh and bones of the non-homogenous and far from a perfect body of the collective. In a vampiric feeding frenzy and a subliminal act of melting together “Unspoken We” invites for cross-contamination between the ‘I’ and the ‘other’ – exposing the fuzzy, infested and sore zones between bodies, artworks, and concepts. (AC/E press-release)

Susana Cámara Leret, Bachelor in Fine Arts at the Complutense University and Master in Conceptual Design in Context from Design Academy Eindhoven, works between art, design and science, addressing social and environmental challenges.

Belén Zahera (Madrid 1985), Bachelor in Fine Arts at the Complutense University and Master in Fine Arts at University College London, is an artist and researcher interested in language, self-organizing systems and theater direction

W139. Space for contemporary Arts. Warmoesstraat 139. 1012 JB Amsterdam NL

Image: “Unspoken We” W139