[Reader-list] [Announcements] EXPLORING THE RETURN OF REPRESSION

Razvan Ion razvan.ion at pavilionmagazine.org
Tue Sep 1 22:54:23 IST 2009


September 10 - November 22, 2009
Opening: September 10, 2009, 19.00 hours

Curator: Razvan Ion

Participants: Luke Fowler (GB), Jean Genet (FR), Hanif Kureishi (GB),  
Thomas Hirschhorn (CH), Renzo Martens (NL/CG), Alex Mirutziu (RO),  
Naeem Mohaiemen (BD), Sebastian Moldovan (RO), Taller Popular De  
Serigrafia (AR), Colm Toibin (IE), Michel Tournier (FR), Pavilion  
Resource Room (RO).

“The return of the repressed” is a crucial theme, a key to  
understanding recent history. "The project of the West, the  
Nietzschean project, has been to drive out religion and to produce a  
secular society in which men and women make their own values, because  
morality is gone”, writes Hanif Kureishi, British writer of Pakistani  
descent. “Then suddenly radical religion returns from the Third  
World. How can you not laugh at that? How can you not find that a deep  
historical irony?"
The return of the repressed is the process whereby repressed elements,  
preserved in the unconscious, tend to reappear, in consciousness or in  
behavior, in the shape of secondary and more or less unrecognizable  
"derivatives of the unconscious." This return of the repressed, of  
ideologies forced to marginalization, of sexuality subject to forced  
secrecy, has resulted, in recent years, in an almost dramatic change  
of a society filled with anguish, hallucinations, repression imposed  
by unnecessary regulations that serve to the repressive violence of  
governments against their own citizens.
Repression as a conscious and voluntary psychological process,  
consisting of giving up the fulfillment of a desire which is not in  
full accord with the moral being, leads to the annihilation and  
alienation of the simplest desires and rebellions.
The main apprehension is now the model of a new international division  
of labour. This concept has apparently been borrowed by the capitalist  
leaders from the old socialists, and it is actually hiding something  
even harsher, something that will bring forth the strengthening of the  
state as instrument of repression. The new international division of  
labour is a more important issue to discuss than others, because it  
is, perhaps, the most important cause of both the political and the  
civil repression.
On the other hand, if we examine carefully the present legal system,  
it is reveal itself as a revolting system, supporting the class  
exploitation, the radicalization of the chasm among social classes and  
the supremacy of the white heteronormative and macho-patriarchal  
majority. The legal system supports the creation of the political  
obedience and it deals with the adjustment of the value of work.  
Actually, it protects the capital creation and a type of legal inequity.
In order to understand the main effects of the state violence, we also  
have to consider the alternative: the social assistance for the poor  
and for the working class. Frances Fox-Piven and Richard Cloward wrote  
in New Class War: “the connection between the income maintenance  
programs, the labour market and profits is indirect, but not  
complicated”. Too much social democracy will make people stop being  
grateful for low wages and poor work conditions. Thus, even with the  
converse, the link between state repression, labour market and profits  
is not complicated at all.
Repression manages poverty. Poverty depresses wages. Low wages  
increase the rate of exploitation and create profit. Which is the main  
purpose of the state. (Excerpt from: Răzvan Ion, "Exploring the return  
of repression" in the newspaper "Exploring the return of repression").

Discursive Events:  Urban Larssen (SE), Sina Najafi (USA), Alex  
Mirutziu (RO), Cosmin Marian (RO), Sebastian Moldovan (RO).

Publication/Newspaper: 32 pages, 31,5 x 42 cm, b/w, english.  
distributed for free.
With texts by Andrei Crăciun (RO), Tatjana Greif (SI), Daraka Larimore  
Hall (NO), Răzvan Ion (RO), Rolling Thunder (USA), Ronald F. King  
(USA), Urban Larssen (SE), Jose Louis Meiras (AR), Suzana Milevska  
(MK), Naeem Mohaiemen (BD), Maria Eva Blotta & Diego Posadas (AR),  
Eugen Rădescu (RO), Michel Tournier (FR).
With special booklet insert by Taller Popular De Serigrafia (AR).
Free PDF download of the publications at http://www.pavilionunicredit.org/publicatii.html

Assistant curator: Silvia Vasilescu

Friday, October 2, 2009
17.00 Exhibtion tour with Razvan Ion (curator)

Friday, October 23, 2009
17.00 Exhibition tour with Silvia Vasilescu (assistant curator)

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