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Not to be a singular being 

Stemming from the vision of Édouard Glissant, Not to be a singular being is an ongoing initiative that examines what it might mean to 'be one and multiple', 'be yourselves and the other' simultaneously, spanning exhibitions, performances, screenings, discursive events, online platforms and new commissions.

As a form of resistance to commodified identity politics and the reduction of human beings into static classification, the 1st edition of Not to be a singular being brings awareness of our own personal complexity, speculating on and forging entanglements with others. This way the project is dedicated to imagining "difference", and "otherness" anew. It consists of an exhibition, an opening night with four performances,  two related events, and an online platform.

Initiated by Renee Xinying Zhong

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The gallery space of Chisenhale Art Place Studio is wheelchair accessible, if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

All images courtesy the artists.
All texts coppyright the authors. 
Not to be a singular being

Related Events

Related Event

A Conversation between Artists Asuf Ishaq, Diana Zrnic, Foxy Azucar, and Katarina Rankovic with Anthropologist Dr Farhan Samanan 

5:30 - 9 pm, 23rd September, 2022
︎Venue: Notes Coffee Roasters & Bar | Bank, 1A Angel Ct, London EC2R 7HJ


In conjunction with the 1st exhibition of  Not to be a singular being, a conversation between artists: Asuf Ishaq, Diana Zrnic, Foxy Azucar, and Katarina Rankovic with Anthropologist Dr Farhan Samanan will be held at Notes Coffee Roasters & Bar in Bank.
Taking each of their practices as the starting point for discussion, they will talk about how they understand identity formation, how they speculate the authenticity of “self”, how they imagine and configure “multiplicity”, "difference", and "otherness" anew. The conversation will also explore the artistic processes and anthropological approaches that involve close collaboration and exchange with other practitioners.

In the end, there will be a Q&A session with the audience.

Related Event

Workshop: Rethinking Relations

1:00 - 2:30 pm, 27th September, 2022
︎Venue: 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, Bow, London E3 5QZ


Join non-binary writer, researcher and facilitator Sonji Shah for a fun creative writing and reading workshop. 

In this workshop, we will further delve into Édouard Glissant’s work on multiplicity and identity formation. Specifically, we will explore some key concepts, such as opacity, relation, and consent, and how we can apply those to ourselves and our everyday lives.

Through this, we can start sketching alternative futures in creative ways - to not just ‘make sense’ of such possibilities, but to feel, embody and experiment with the understanding of ourselves in relation to others, as well as the earth. Drawing on Glissant’s poetics, speculative fiction, and the exhibition, we take time to collectively reflect on how just and liveable futures can take hold in the present.