I don't know you like that

The Bodywork of Hospitality

A video still from DNCB by Oliver Husain & Kerstin Schroedinger where two hands apply a circular bandage to a bicep.

Oliver Husain & Kerstin Schroedinger, DNCB (still), 2021. Multi-channel moving-image installation with sound, installation dimensions variable; 16mm film and video subtitles: 5:30 minutes; video: 9:50 minutes. Courtesy of the artists.


November 10, 2022 – May 12, 2023


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Have you ever considered the interplay between the body and hospitality? Or wondered how hospitality might be fleshed out?


Hospitality is usually considered a philosophical concept with legal implications, an ethical concern,  a social/political practice… or an industry. Developed by guest curator Sylvie Fortin, I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality shifts the focus to consider the stealth work of hospitality on our conceptual, material, and political understanding of bodies.

Bringing together new and recent works by 17 international artists, I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality invites us to consider how hospitality has simultaneously defined and confined what we think bodies are, what we imagine they can do, how we feel they relate, whom we believe they can encounter, and ultimately, how they engage with each other and in the world. How has the covert reach of hospitality led to the very notion of a “human” body, fleshing out its outlines by setting it apart from other throbbing constellations of life forms? How has hospitality’s invisible labor sustained the extractive intersection of race, gender, class, religion, and value? To what prison-house of flesh and mind has hospitality’s dance of welcoming and exclusion confined us? Can hospitality, in turn, yield other choreographies?

The exhibition explores these questions in space, weaving together open-ended experiential connections between works in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, textile, installation, and performance as well as lens- and time-based practices. I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality addresses several themes, including xeno|transplantation, implantation, and transfusion; neural adaptation and the phantom limb; bacteria and the microbiome; viruses, parasites, symbionts, and holobionts; mechanical and chemical prostheses; imaging technologies; architectures of corporeal hospitality; dreams and dreamwork; magic and the “miraculous” work of relics, spirits, and energies.

I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality excavates the body’s storied genealogy, critically points to its living legacy, imagines other more-than-human hospitable modalities, and opens up an expanded theater of operations. In the process, it joyfully welcomes a host of interspecies intimacies and live-wired storylines.

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The first iteration of I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality was presented at Bemis Center for the Arts  in Omaha, NE in 2021–2022. 

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Robert T. Guelcher, MD, & Mrs. Elizabeth A. Guelcher Fund.

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A logo with a drawing of a tree and the words "Canada Council for the Arts". The phrase is also translated to French, Conseil des arts du Canada.