The fourth edition of the asfaBBQ, two years after asfaBBQ’s utopian second installment, have brought humanity to a postmodern dead-end of unapologetic misinformation and have given birth to the alt-right, the coolest fascist movement the world has seen in decades.
With the unimaginative left being unable to respond and identity politics having been appropriated by the bad guys, the world can’t help but feel that it experiences a regression to a pre-WW state or an acceleration towards an even greater catastrophe. Is there a way forward and out of this mess? Can we rethink identity politics? Can we repackage hope as sexy? Can we assist fake-news trolls to their self-destruction?
The Garden of Dystopian Pleasures looks at ways of dissecting and digesting the enemy, through overidentifying with monstrosities of post-truth society and reevaluating the politics of (guilty?) pleasure.
This edition of the asfaBBQ is curated by the conceptual art duo FYTA, alongside the newly-founded think-tank Ministry of Post-Truth. Artistic Director of asfaBBQ is Vassilis Vlastaras, visual artist and Associate Professor at ASFA.