This may or may not be a true story or a lesson in resistance
2020 Curatorial Programme, De Appel

This may or may not be a true story or a lesson in resistance seeks to untangle the role of education from the neoliberal economic agenda while honoring artists who create alternative possibilities within the noise of our socio-political reality. Once an exhibition — now a publication-in-the-making — the title is borrowed from Allan Sekula’s photo work, School Is a Factory, which he made between 1978 and 1980 while working as an instructor at Orange Coast College, a community college in Costa Mesa, California. Through documentary-style photography and writing, this work sheds a light on academia’s function in the regimenting of a population to fulfill the late-capitalist hunger for workers. It also manages to document the ways in which resistance efforts and solidarity can take place even in the bleakest of times.

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nibia pastrana santiago, 'objetos indispuestos, inauguraciones suspendidas o finales inevitables para un casi-baile', 2019, performance, Whitney Biennial 2019, Photograph ©️ Paula Court

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