Rewrite the World


Cecilia Vicuña, "Eman si pasión [Emancipation / Participation]", 1974/2016

Glassell School of Art (Bucher Gallery)
5101 Montrose Blvd

Houston, TX 77006


On View
December 3, 2020 – February 14, 2021



Organized by
Ana Tuazon


Rewrite the World borrows its title from the writings of Paulo Freire, the late Brazilian philosopher and author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Freire believed that the world must not be regarded as a static entity, but rather as a “reality in process,” arguing that a liberatory model of education would understand dialogue itself as an act of world-building. The exhibition seeks to understand the pedagogical capacities of art through this lens, with work by Jamal Cyrus, Demian Dinéyazhi’, Newton and Helen Harrison, and Cecilia Vicuña. It also offers a selection of materials, available in both physical and digital formats, recently created by artists and activists to protest police brutality and honor Black lives.

Engaging with histories of struggle from the 1970s to 2020, the exhibition explores how art-making intersects with other forms of producing and sharing knowledge, among them poetry, periodicals, maps, and zines. Formal interventions into the ways in which information is transmitted—and the very structure of language—begin to undo the fixity of a political order designed to control and suppress dialogue, inviting in the possibility of new, revolutionary ways of living and relating.