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In July of 1837, attempting to grasp the mysterious enigma of evolution, Charles Darwin scribbled down a framework for his speculations in one of his first “transmutation” notebooks. This intuitive drawing of an evolutionary tree, marked by the words ‘I think’, is a precursor to Darwin’s radical theory of evolution, common descent, differential survival and natural selection.

Did he first write the words ‘I think’ and then proceed to draw when words could not capture his emergent thoughts? Or did the drawing precede the words? Darwin’s sketch points to the core of the ruminative process – of discovery, observation and creativity – where ideas produce images and images, in turn, procreate ideas. The curatorial process began with presenting this drawing, and questions emergent from it, as ‘prompts’ to think about the very process of drawing, as well as placing the question of ‘evolution’ – in its broadest interpretation – at the very centre of our inquiry.

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Darwin’s explorations of our common origins are foundational to our present-day understanding of our shared beginnings with all other living species. Moreover, we now know that primordial stars generated the raw materials of life and that most of the elements present in our bodies originated in the crucible of distant stars. Our line of descent and heredity in an expanded sense extends not just to our unicellular ancestors but also the very origin of the universe.

Could such a reflection prompt a convergent view of our evolutionary future, abandoning our everyday sense of indifference and alienation from the web of life? How does our perception of time change when we place the every day against the backdrop of deep time? Can drawing allow us to register patterns of mutations in our fast transforming world in its many dimensions: social, political, ecological, technological and aesthetic?

These questions were circulated amongst artists and gallerists, allowing the exhibition to gradually configure as echoes registered from the ensuing conversation. One is witness to an expanse of approaches to drawing; from Rirkrit Tiravanija’s reflective chrome work that references Darwin and Duchamp, to Raqs Media Collective’s filmic sketch, to the bare lines evoking the body in Ana Mendieta’s work. The drawings in the exhibition range from the speculative to the quixotic, the calculated to the impulsive, from abstraction to figuration. The exhibition was conceived as a curatorial ‘thought experiment’, allowing a self-organising principle to assemble via a process of natural selection.

Jitish Kallat

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Kuchu Ndagamuntu (Queer Identity Card), 2021
Stephen Friedman Gallery
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Untitled, 2016 (The double moon at noon, Darwin’s dilemma), 2016
STPI
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Perform, 2016
blank projects
Untitled from the series HOMO-LOGO, 2019
Proyectos Ultravioleta
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Grids (offcuts) #1, 2021
Experimenter
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Sonámbulas,
Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte
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Ha Chi Ki , 2021
Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte
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Whitby Goth Festival, 2021
JHAVERI CONTEMPORARY
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Untitled, 2021
JHAVERI CONTEMPORARY
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Water Drawing #17, 2021
JHAVERI CONTEMPORARY
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Suspension points 03, 2018
Galleria Continua
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S/T (Bend Building), 2021
Galleria Continua
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Drawing #18, 2021
GYPSUM
POLYHEDRA , 2016
Goodman Gallery
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Primordial Memories, 2020-2021
GYPSUM
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Untitled, 2016
Stephen Friedman Gallery
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Carnival Stories / Mermaid, 2006
Stephen Friedman Gallery
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Same Line Twice 16, 2019
INKstudio
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Untitled, 2020
Dastan's Basement
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Outside In 21, 2019
Proyectos Ultravioleta
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ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY
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What Lies Before Us?, 2018
TKG+
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And therefore, It Grows, 2021
Experimenter
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Blindness part1, 2021
First Floor Gallery
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From series La noche en Cuba, 2018-2021
El Apartamento
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Saturnhouse - Five, 2016
HANART TZ GALLERY
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Legs holders, 1993
DVIR GALLERY
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Sketch for 'A penny for your thoughts', 2017
ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY
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Esquisses préparatoires #1, #2, #3, 2021
OH Gallery
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Book #2, 2021
WHISTLE
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Personne, 2014
DVIR GALLERY
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Untitled, 2020
WHISTLE
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Page de carnet de note , 2021
OH Gallery
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Tourbillon #4, 2016
OH Gallery
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Confession part1, 2021
First Floor Gallery
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Carnet de dessin, Seyni Awa Camara , 2021
OH Gallery
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I think of nature, 2021
ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY
Why Do They Call The Answer to a Question, A Solution?, 2020
Experimenter
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Untitled, 2020
MUJIN-TO Production
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Fragments in a landscape, 1991
Chemould Prescott Road
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Exodus, 2021
First Floor Gallery
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Candid 9, 2021
Afriart Gallery
Animalized, 2019
TKG+
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Suite Seoul - Tears, 2018
Galerie Lelong & Co.
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Untitled, 1982
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Carnets d'Egypte, 2010
Goodman Gallery
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notes for recovery (touch), 2020
Goodman Gallery
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Si hubieras estado conmigo en Utopia / If You Had Been With Me in Utopia, 2021
OMR
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Book 13- Untitled- Hanging to Dry, 2020
Marfa' Projects
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Remembering Act: Mussandam, 2018
Galleria Continua
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火ノ刺繍 Fire Embroidery, 2017
Take Ninagawa
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Untitled, 2020
Marfa' Projects
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Study for Nucleus Accumbens, 2021
Dastan's Basement
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Untitled (Energy Diagrams), c. 1975 - 1976
Chemould Prescott Road
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