Soft Power: A Conversation for the Future

Edited by Eungie Joo

Foreword by Neal Benezra; Texts by Marwa Arsanios, Adrienne Edwards, Manthia Diawara, Yasmine El Rashidi, Eungie Joo, and Jason Moran with IONE and jessie little doe baird

200 pages, 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches, hardcover

Published in 2020

This fully illustrated catalogue accompanies an exhibition organized by SFMOMA comprised of new and recent works by twenty international artists that contemplates the ways in which artists explore their roles as citizens and social actors through their work. Taken together, the works presented in SOFT POWER inspire serious reflection on the historical legacy of conquest and domination as it has come to shape the rise and fall of economies, social organization, labor, and migration. With extensive installation images of works by Haig Aivazian, Marwa Arsanios, Nairy Baghramian, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Nikhil Chopra, Minerva Cuevas, Cevdet Erek, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Hassan Khan, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Cinthia Marcelle, Dave McKenzie, Jason Moran, Carlos Motta, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Eamon Ore-Giron, Pratchaya Phinthong, Xaviera Simmons, and Tavares Strachan.

The catalogue features essays on ecofeminism; the poetic concepts of Édouard Glissant; the state of time-based art; colonization of narrative; and a conversation on dreams and their manifestations. Rich with images of this timely exhibition, the book also includes commissioned contributions on the exhibiting artists by a striking lineup of curators, thinkers, and writers including Magdalyn Asimakis, Athena Athanasiou, Karma R. Chávez, Thanavi Chotpradit, Haytham El-Wardany, Stamatina Gregory, Marcela Guerrero, Max Haiven, Brian Keith Jackson, Naeem Mohaiemen, Meg Onli, Uhuru Phalafala, and Jovanna Venegas.

Published in association with Rizzoli Electa on the occasion of the exhibition SOFT POWER, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (October 26, 2019–February 17, 2020)

ISBN 9780847867110 (hardcover)