Higher seminar: Charles Esche - On Decolonial and Art: Friendship or Enmity?

Datum och tid
5 september 2019 kl 09:30 - 12:30
Typ av händelse
Plats och färdväg

Konstfack, LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Se karta)
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Decolonial theory as developed over the past 15-20 years has recently seen a huge surge in interest. While some of this interest has simply been fashionable, decoloniality does seem to provide a useful description of some aspects of our current condition. In particular, it addresses the virulence of universalist assumptions in British-US theory and questions the reliability of thinking from and through the West, however critically. How the development of the idea of coloniality or the colonial matrix of power can be a useful tool in avoiding some of the divisive and essentialising discussions around identity politics without reverting to a white supremacist position? How can it perceive the possibility in the communal as a way to think beyond the divisions of human-human; human-animal; human-earth?

The higher seminar will explore some of the possibilities in decolonial thinking and then look at how such thinking could be applied to west European art institutions, using some case studies from Van Abbemuseum and the L’Internationale confederation. In doing so, we will discuss if one response to decoloniality in the colonial states might be to readdress the meaning of modernity here and think what it would be to demodernise modern and contemporary art collections and exhibitions. Is such a move possible at all and, if so, what does it mean for the future of collecting art and making use of the products of artistic endeavour through display, preservation or other means.

Material to read before the seminar.

Prof. Charles Esche is a long-term director of Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, (www.vanabbemuseum.nl) and a professor of Curating and Contemporary Art, Afterall/University of the Arts London (www.afterall.org).

Organised by CuratorLab and Behzad Khosravi. Open and free to all, however places are limited, please register at: Skyddad adress

Behzad Khosravi NooriSkyddad adress 0704352657

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Uppdaterad: 26 augusti 2019