August 11, 2017
Over the last few weeks, the initiative for a biennial in Lagos has faced a growing lack of integrity and security.
Basic principles were undermined by unsavoury decisions PM would not have deemed acceptable under any other circumstances. We kept working, however, out of sense of solidarity and the desire to see this initiative succeed.
Now we are faced with further grave and unexplained reversals. Basic trust has been lost. The fundamentals – ethical and material – can no longer be guaranteed. Under these circumstances, the initial curatorial vision has become unrecognizable.
Perpetuum Mobile has been forced to draw its conclusions. We have withdrawn all support from this initiative. The entire process can no longer be considered secure for our invited artists.
There is, nevertheless, a silver lining to this highly disappointing affair. We rejoice in the newly developing relationships with the exceedingly strong group of 17 artists we had invited. From the legends to the new talents, from Shanghai to Sudan, they have all withdrawn in solidarity.
We look forward to new projects with this remarkable configuration of artists.
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