Days after Mumbai-based cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote and Israeli artist Bracha Ettinger quit German art exhibition Documenta 16’s finding committee, the remaining four members have also tendered their resignations.
In their resignation letter on Thursday, Gong Yan of the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Paris-based writer and curator Simon Njami, Vienna-based curator Kathrin Rhomberg and Colombia-born curator María Inés Rodríguez said that their decision was based on “grave concern for the future of Documenta”.
Documenta is an exhibition of contemporary art that takes place every five years in Germany’s Kassel. The finding committee was responsible for selecting the artistic director for the next edition scheduled to take place in 2027.
Hoskote resigned from the committee on November 12 after Germany’s Culture Minister Claudia Roth threatened to withdraw public funding for the event. She said that a 2019 letter signed by Hoskote, among others, was “