On Hannah Arendt: Eight Proposals for Exhibition

1 January - 31 December 2021

"[They] had taken the initiative upon themselves and therefore, without knowing or even noticing it, had begun to create that public space between themselves where freedom could appear." – Hannah Arendt

Richard Saltoun Gallery's year-long programme On Hannah Arendt: Eight Proposals for Exhibition looks to one of the most important thinkers of the post-war generation to confront some of the most pressing socio-political issues of our time. 


Running from January until December 2021, the programme consists of eight exhibitions organized around the eight essays in Arendt's 1969 publication Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought and features more than 20 international artists from diverse backgrounds working across a range of media, many from outside the gallery's roster.


In January, 'The Modern Age' addresses themes of dislocation, statelessness and social alienation. With key works by Siah ARMAJANI, Thomas BAYRLE, Véronique FILOZOF, Vivienne KOORLAND and Jo SPENCE.


In March, 'The Concept of History,' a solo exhibition by Peter KENNARD highlights the artist's extraordinary contribution to politically informed art over the past 50 years. 


In April, the group exhibition 'What is Authority?' examines structural antagonism and everyday discrimination. With work by Lili DUJOURIEEverlyn NICODEMUS and Lerato SHADI.


From June, Bracha L. ETTINGER puts us in relation Arendt’s question to the tragic fate of women in periods of war, especially the Holocaust, in 'What is Freedom?'


Brazilian sound artist and music producer Laima LEYTON creates a new sound piece in response to each chapter of Arendt’s Between Past and Future, available to experience on the gallery’s website as part of Saltoun Online and during live events held throughout the programme. Titled Infinite past, infinite future and NOW, the series engages with themes of time, culture, truth and spirituality. 


Further details regarding the second half of the programme – exploring The Crisis in Education (July), The Crisis in Culture (August), Truth & Politics (October) and The Conquest of Space (November) – will be announced summer 2021.