On the occasion of the 7th Berlin Biennale, curated by Artur ?mijewski and Joanna Warsza, Outset supported the accompanying publication Forget Fear.
It is a report on real action within culture, on the uses of artistic pragmatism and is concerned with concrete dealings by artists, curators, and politicians that lead to visible effects.
?Forget Fear includes texts and conversations with political leaders such as Antanas Mockus, former mayor of Bogotá, who has significantly contributed to social change with a political theory stemming from art; theater-maker Árpád Schilling, who abandoned bourgeois theater to act directly within the political context of right-wing Hungary; Voina, who doesn’t believe in art without engagement; Tímea Junghaus, who uses art in a struggle against the oppression of the Roma people in Europe; the Brazilian underclass tagger group Pixadores, who attacked the São Paulo Biennale, and the Icelandic Best Party, which came to power after the financial crash in 2008. All these actors use performative tools in order to make their cases, and to reveal the social and political forces and interests lurking in the background.
With this publication, the curators aim to present leftist engagement not only as a critical, self-referential condition, but also as a proposition for empowerment and a productive set of political practices.