Ododita on Thu, 29 Aug 2002 14:39:26 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> a modest proposal for josephine bosma

It is my opinion that the current documenta is indebted to the fine 
groundwork laid out by the previous director, Catherine David.  She 
successfully established a documenta based on a social/political model, 
albeit one grounded heavily within a western-european vision scope.  It is 
widely understood that the staff of curators headed by Okwui Enwezor has 
moved documenta beyond this point into the realm of the global via the 
'postcolonial' - this being understood in a broader sense.  Quite simply, I 
believe that this is what they were supposed to do, and they have done this 

For myself, the success of the current documenta lies in the following point:

In the fact that people are arming themselves with new information, knowledge 
and insight into and about the current state of art and culture as it is 
being engaged within the main-world exhibition centers of aesthetic discourse 
(biennals/museums/galleries, etc.).  Whether one is for or against this 
current documenta, it is clear that the polemics this exhibition is creating 
has invigorated an international debate on art and culture like no other 
exhibition has done in recent years.  

The questions being raised now are truly great, and what can be made of them 
is even greater still.

-Odili Donald Odita

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