SOUTH SOUTH is delighted to announce the first of its Curatorial Projects titled ‘I draw, therefore I think’ curated by artist and curator Jitish Kallat.
This drawing project is prompted by Charles Darwin’s 1837 sketch ‘Tree of Life’ in which he scribbled down a framework for his speculations in his first “transmutation notebook”. This intuitive drawing of an evolutionary tree is headlined by the words ‘I think’ and is a precursor to Darwin’s radical theory of evolution, common descent, differential survival and natural selection.
Kallat invites artists and audiences to consider if Darwin first wrote the words ‘I think’ and then proceeded to draw when words could not capture his emergent thoughts or if the drawing preceded the words.
The project will exist in multiple forms, with the primary manifestation being the online exhibition from 11 September 2021 showcasing artists’ responses to this prompt. The project will branch out into the other aspects, including a series of conversations with artists and curators and interactive events on a Miro board.
Curator: Jitish Kallat