'A Sheet of Paper Can Become a Knife' is inspired by a poem by Tsering Woeser that suggests that almost anything can suddenly become a weapon—inexplicably and without warning. The title resonates as an apt metaphor for the threat of violence throughout the world, made vivid in this exhibition, curated by Selene Wendt.
'A Sheet of Paper…' brings together ten artists representing different countries and disciplines who are all connected by narratives of violence: from galvanized steel sculptures by Naiza Khan (Pakistan) to a collaborative textile by Teresa Margolles (Mexico). Plus Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), David Goldblatt (South Africa), FX Harsono (Indonesia), Amar Kanwar (India), Cildo Meireles (Brazil), Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Oscar Muñoz (Colombia), and Newsha Tavakolian (Iran).
These artists are all Prince Claus Laureates, united for the first time in the Prince Claus Gallery. These awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations on the frontline of culture and development.
Image credit: © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York