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The Porcupine in the Room with Andrea Fernandes, Behnam Igzeer, Ian Whittlesea, Jaebum Kim, José Vera Matos, Karan Shrestha, Kush Badhwar, Lantian Xie, Limits Within, Onur Gökmen, Prajakta Potnis, Ratna Gupta, Reza Negarestani, Santiago Sierra, Starlyn D’Souza and Timothy Morton

Curated by Gitanjali Dang, Khanabadosh


Address: Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY7
Preview: Monday, September 14, 6 to 8 pm
On view till: September 23, 2015
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm

Preview screening at 5.45 pm: Karan Shrestha, Abarohan (Descent), 2013, 10.47 mins
Daily screenings: 11 am | 1 pm  | 3 pm | 5pm


Imagine aspiring to, shrinking from and spurning intimacy. Now imagine doing all this simultaneously and ceaselessly.

How do you map something that does not abide by the rules of cartography?

How does one even begin to understand something that lies outside of mapping controversies?

With research stemming from Sigmund Freud’s ‘porcupine’s dilemma’, this project draws on greater and lesser acts of intimacy—across habitual categories such as human/nonhuman and culture/nature—and the narrow separation between intimacy and absolute intimacy.

Artistic positions touch on Linnaean taxonomy, colonialism, cosmicism, belonging and other ideas, and in doing so unpack, by way of ongoing conversations, notions of intimacy and the attendant thrill, tension, and exhaustion.

And at least a few of these conversations have been realised in close proximity at Delfina Foundation, where during the course of the residency, intimacy became, quite unexpectedly so, the go to lens through which situations were read.

Read the unabridged essay here: http://tinyurl.com/o5tak5k


Supported by Delfina Foundation and Daros Latinamerica

This project has been realised as part of Gitanjali Dang/Khanabadosh’s residency at
Delfina Foundation with support from Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.


Captions/ Details: Clockwise from featured image
I) Lantian Xie, New Chicago Beach Hotel, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Grey Noise, Dubai