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Pazifik - Leipzig

In collaboration with LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme) the Goethe-Institute offers artists from Southeast Asia a three-month residency at the Art and Culture Centre Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei. At the beginning of the 20th century the Baumwollspinnerei (cotton mill) was the site of Europe’s largest processing centre for cotton, today it houses the cultural centre for one of the most exciting places for the production and exhibition of contemporary art and culture in Europe.

Pazifik - Leipzig

Jevon Chandra

Drawing inspiration from therapeutic and peer counselling approaches, his art practice estimates the (mis)translations that occur between thought, theory, and praxis, as sometimes seen in acts of caring, meaning-making, and holding faith. As a cultural worker, his time is divided between leading community-oriented activities, crafting outreach programs, and designing booklets for art-going audiences. Part of socially-engaged arts collective Brack, his preoccupations also unfold in the form workshops and public interventions, seeking to outline an ethics of congregation, polytemporality, and other-centredness. In Leipzig, Jevon Chandra wants to concentrate on his project “Be Still, My Soul”, which deals with faith, crisis and meaning and refers to the German hymn “Silence, my will, your Jesus helps win”, which for Jevon is of personal importance. The exploration of the German church music tradition and the special role of the church in the GDR are of special interest in this project, as are Jevon’s fundamental questions: What forms belief? What do we worship? How do we practice faith, religious or otherwise – indeed, what is praxis?

  • Split Flap Hands © Jevon Chandra
  • Measuring the Earth © Jevon Chandra
  • What Comes After © Jevon Chandra