TINA – There Is No Alternative is a new publication that builds upon the eponymous exhibition that took place at The Showroom between 5 June–17 July 2019; the first solo commission in the UK by artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos. This major new commission took shape as a performative, durational installation combining live painting, a research archive and a series of workshops, talks, and events open to the public.
This publication, co-published by The Showroom and Chateau International, takes as a starting point Khan-Dossos’ ongoing research into the complex context of the UK government’s development of pre-crime and surveillance policies, in particular Prevent*, questioning the politics of representation and the positioning of care that the strategies around those policies generate.
Texts in the book include new essays by Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Rob Faure Walker and Lily Hall alongside contributing writers who have engaged in written dialogues: Sadia Habib, Hassan Vawda, Rachel Coldicutt, Tarek Younis, Shezana Hafiz & Azfar Shafi from advocacy organisation CAGE, and William Skeaping from Extinction Rebellion. A text by Alexander Massouras, revised from his exhibition review of There Is No Alternative for Art Monthly in 2019, is also included. The book is designed by Mark Hurrell.
At the core of the project at The Showroom has been the act of questioning what an alternative to Prevent could look like, involving a shared process between Khan-Dossos and all those who became collaboratively involved. In this way, the work of the exhibition was a live process of collaborative research, discussion, sharing knowledge and critical thinking between Khan-Dossos, The Showroom team, and all those who became a part of the project; a democratic process which this publication now seeks to extend further.
Over the next two months, we invite you to read the PDF of TINA and let us know your thoughts and comments, ahead of the book being printed later this year. This Reflexive Editorial is a way for us to share the process and ideas, and for you to let us know what you think. We hope to be able to include these comments in some way as part of the final book. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we hope it helps you feel part of this important moment as we wait to hear the findings of the UK government’s Independent Review of Prevent, due in September 2021.
The Reflexive Editorial process is now open until 31 May 2021:
DOWNLOAD: A digital edition of TINA – There Is No Alternative is available HERE
RESPOND: Contribute to the editorial process HERE
CONTACT: For any additional feedback, questions or comments email email@example.com
PRE-ORDER: TINA is available to pre-order for a special launch price of £20 + P&P. The printed publication will be available in September 2021, after which the price will increase to £25. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
This publication forms part of the trans-disciplinary programme Radical Citizenship, a cooperative project between The Showroom and Goethe-Institut London.
* The Prevent policy forms part of the the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorism strategy, ‘Contest’. It was first developed by Sir David Omand and the Home Office in early 2003 as the immediate response to 9/11, and a revised version was made public in 2006. Further revisions were published on 24 March 2009, 11 July 2011 and June 2018. The UK government has launched a review into the effectiveness of Prevent for protecting those ‘vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism’, and updated terms of the policy were published in March 2021.