12.05.18 - 07.07.18 - ISELP, Brussels

‘State Of Statelessness’


Co-curated with Romuald Demidemko, Alicja Melzacka, Hilde Borgermans



State of Statelessness brings together works by Sabrina Chou, Marijke De Roover, Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence (OJAI) – Chris Dreier & Gary Farrelly, Yuki Okumura, Meggy Rustamova, Eléonore Saintagnan, Gen Ueda, Jonathan Vinel, Beny Wagner and Justyna Wierzchowiecka.




























State of Statelessness is one way to describe the contemporary condition of disembodiment

and the position of an individual in an increasingly mediated society.

It becomes a site for self-production and aestheticisation,

a matrix enmeshing what has not assumed any fixed form (yet).



It can also be imagined as a paradoxical, pseudo-administrative body,

a space for a supranational society to take form,

a utopian enclave based on indeterminacy and fluidity.

State of Statelessness is a swansong amidst the crisis.



On the other hand, statelessness may appear as a fatal predicament,

a painfully carnal condition of displacement.

It harbors feelings of rejection and non-belonging

and imposes the status of an outcast, the ‘other’.



Finally, it connects to the state of being in-between,

the moment of intermission or suspension on variety of levels.

In mid-May ISELP – and us with it – will enter this particular mode

with a group show that sets out to manipulate the ambiguous notion of statelessness.



*The title of the exhibition derives from the text P.A.R.A.D.E. On Streaming Selves, Social Forms, and Disembodiment by Sabrina Chou, 2017.




The exhibition includes a 72p. publication, including visual essays, artworks and texts, designed by Linh Dong and Elise Van Kerckhove.