Superhero Sighting Society — Taus Makhacheva et Sabih Ahmed


Installation, sound - music

Superhero Sighting Society
Taus Makhacheva et Sabih Ahmed

Past: September 28 → December 22, 2019

Kadist paris fondation superhero society 1 1 grid Superhero Sighting Society — Kadist Art Foundation La Kadist Art Foundation présente jusqu'au 22 décembre Superhero Sighting Society, une exposition conçue par Sabih Ahmed et Taus Ma... 2 - Bien Critique

KADIST, Paris is pleased to present the first public presentation of Superhero Sighting Society, a project that follows Taus Makhacheva and Sabih Ahmed’s residency during 2019. This exhibition gathers witness accounts of superhero sightings from all around the world and presents a scenography by Super Taus.

Superhero Sighting Society was formed in the spring of 2019 after the resurfacing of a rare photograph taken in 1979 of Aydamir Aydamirov just as he was about to take flight in the mountains near Makhachkala (Republic of Dagestan, Russia).

Maintaining anonymity of its members, the Society raises awareness and promotes conversations around new figurations of power that have emerged amidst the seismic planetary and geopolitical shifts of the 21st century.

In 2011, while referencing superheroes in an essay titled ‘Is it a Bird? A Plane? No, It’s a Magic Chair’, Lawrence Liang proposed that, “the transformation of Clark Kent into Superman is always precipitated by a crisis, usually one large enough to potentially destroy the world. But what if it is not a monumental end-of-the-world that scares us, but the prospect of losing the small worlds that we inhabit and know: a bookstore disappearing, a public organization running out of funds, an independent gallery shutting down?”

This exhibition aims to invoke many such worlds (big and small). It invites all to conjure images and apparitions from a cacophony of voices; to re-render living environments through a congestion of narratives; and, to propose new morphologies of the contemporary through figures, personas, places and desires. These figures are as diverse and varied as the places they come from and the witnesses who sighted them. Together, they call in forests and the deep sea, mountains and desert-scapes, tea-shops and construction sites, public squares and neighbourhood gatherings, amidst a host of other locationwws where superheroes are seen.

An impetus behind this exhibition is to open a question that first brought Superhero Sighting Society together: How have different landscapes and geographies demanded different superpowers of the heroes arising from there? Furthermore, this exhibition asks, what kinds of superpowers can we imagine today in the different locations and milieus we inhabit?

Prior permission has been taken from all witnesses for sharing their stories. All the stories are open to interpretation.

Superhero Sighting Society is conceived by the Society’s Founding Secretary Members, Taus Makhacheva and Sabih Ahmed, in collaboration with the Society’s Records Clerk, Jessica Saxby. Scenography by Super Taus.

  • Superhero Sighting Society Opening Friday, September 27, 2019 6 PM → 9 PM
  • Superhero Summit — Cosmopolis #2 : rethinking the human (repenser l’humain) Event November 15 → 16, 2019

    Friday, November 15, from 2pm to 8pm
    Saturday, November 16, from 11am to 7pm

    Cosmopolis #2: rethinking the human
    Gallery 3 — Centre Pompidou, Paris (interventions in English)

    Artists, writers, literary scholars, curators, imposters and superheroes will convene in Paris this November for The Superhero Summit that invites new ways of thinking the world through superheroes and superpowers from across different landscapes, geographies and imaginations. The two day event features talks, performances, film screenings and superhero appearances, exploring new morphologies of power and agency in 21st century.
    With : Zaal Andronikashvili (litterary scholar), Sybil Collas (narrative designer), Leone Contini (artist), Sohrab Kashani (artist), Faiza Khan (artist and activist), Taus Makhacheva (artist), Raqs Media Collective (artist collective), Jennifer Teets (writer and curator), Deepak Unnikrishnan (writer), Lantian Xie (artist) and apparitions of Lav Kontinovich, Super Sohrab and Super Taus.
    This event is conceived by artist Taus Makhacheva and researcher/curator Sabih Ahmed, and produced by KADIST in collaboration with ‘Cosmopolis #2: rethinking the human.
    Cosmopolis is a platform for the exploration of artistic practices based on the gaining and sharing of knowledge and nourished by their engagement with the social, urban and political issues of today.

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Opening hours

Thursday – Sunday, 2 PM – 7 PM
Other times by appointment

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artist

  • Taus Makhacheva