Ultrasanity at Savvy Contemporary
ULTRASANITY, a project in four chapters, challenges Western scientific methods and perspectives on mental health, and questions medical (mis)conceptions of psychopathologies by situating them in the context of coloniality, racialisation, objectification, and patriarchal oppression. Deeply entangled with our previous reflections on land struggles and toxicity, this project confronts us again with traumas and fears of displacement and contamination. Now, we offer an opportunity to ponder the notion of madness beyond a Western understanding.
Over the course of one year, we collaborated with clinicians, artists, patients, cognitive scientists, scholars and practitioners and unfolded this project jointly with ifa Gallery Berlin, the Association of Neuroesthetics (AoN), the Gnaoua Festival (Morocco) and Picha Art Lubumbashi (DRC).Together, we interrogated the grammars of violence inscribed in universal therapeutic models and the pharmacologisation of care still practised today. Beyond a romanticisation of madness, we seek to address the heuristic and generative potential of certain forms of delirium. Beyond that we want to grant fundamental significance to community engagement and to spiritual, systemic, intra-generational histories in formulating healing strategies.
With this exhibition and discursive programme, we navigate the space of ULTRASANITY, moving beyond the dichotomy of insanity as the opposite of sanity, to inhabit the liminal space that lies beyond the norm, stripped of the process of normalisation and control.