October 3 - 25, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Hakkı Serhat Cacekli & Naz Cuguoğlu
The garden is, was, and will always be a place of possibility. Not only as a space of collaborative systems, between species and inanimate objects, but also as a place of imagination and resistance. It can be seen as a hole that opens up to another universe, be it sci-fi or good old storytelling. It is sort of a mindset: you can’t choose it, it chooses you. And it will choose you. It is a matter of what you do when the next supernova takes place. Will you go after the raccoon, cut roses to decorate the dinner table, or will you daydream about the seeds hiding under the ground and wonder who put them there? Your camouflage as a colonizer in relation to the invisible seed contradicts with your existence as an exile, voluntarily or involuntarily. Will you let your plants cross-breed, let the moss go wild, or will you cut a hundred-year-old tree in a botanical garden because it was not documented in the archives?
Coming from a place in which public spaces have ceased to exist, it is safe to linger towards the private, intimate, and personal. It is a tendency to create a moment to meditate on what is missing from the memory of a city that never was, to heal. Because it is not just about a garden in San Francisco; there are many more far away that haunt you at night. Name it Gezi or Collective Cukurcuma , these collaborative ecosystems are meant to keep you awake in the age of (self)doubt and systematic nonsense.
Spend the night in your garden, hug the chthulucene—baby octopus, ladybug, and the raccoon—turn around, cut the moon in half, and eat it.
Nobody knows, it did not happen.
Art and Art History
ASMA ., Elizabeth Corkery, Nicki Green, Greg Ito, Rhonda Holberton, Brook Hsu, Alison O'Daniel, Lara Ögel, Woody De Othello, and Susanne M. Winterling. "Sanctuary" fused space (2019).