Paranoid Crucible at Ramiken

Artists: Kristi Cavataro, Dan Finsel, Phillip John Velasco Gabriel, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Eli Ping, Sven Sachsalber , Iiu Susiraja, Andra Ursuta, Kaari Upson

Exhibition title: Paranoid Crucible

Venue: RAMIKEN, New York, US

Date: October 2 – November 7, 2020

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and RAMIKEN, New York

“I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind. In using the expression “paranoid style” I am not speaking in a clinical sense, but borrowing a clinical term for other purposes. I have neither the competence nor the desire to classify any figures of the past or present as certifiable lunatics. In fact, the idea of the paranoid style as a force in politics would have little contemporary relevance or historical value if it were applied only to men with profoundly disturbed minds. It is the use of paranoid modes of expression by more or less normal people that makes the phenomenon significant.”

“When I speak of the paranoid style, I use the term much as a historian of art might speak of the baroque or the  mannerist style. It is, above all, a way of seeing the world and of expressing oneself.”

Richard Hofstadter, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, 1964