Decolonial Politics Today?

Wed 30 November, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

£3, advance booking recommended

How do notions of the ‘decolonial' continue to challenge the violence of colonial pasts and present? A contested term within the visual arts and wider cultural debates, this event reflects on the current status of 'decolonial' activity in the visual arts, and explores what kind of politics are being produced.

This discussion will ask probing questions about what we mean by the decolonial and what we aspire to produce through such work. What would decolonized public spaces and institutions look like? How might this reject simple narratives of inclusion?

Is current decolonial activity fulfilling a disruptive political and intellectual agenda? And who has the right to speak and act on behalf of a decolonial politics?

The panel will include Alanna Lockward and Sunil Gupta, chaired by Autograph ABP Director Mark Sealy.

The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A and continue the conversation after the event with a free drink.

Please note that Alanna Lockward will join the discussion via Skype

Part of the exhibition

About the speakers

Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta (b. Delhi, 1953) is an artist, writer, activist and curator. His work has been shown internationally in over 90 solo exhibitions, most recently at Yale University, New Haven, CT (2015). Significant group exhibitions include Paris - Delhi - Bombay... at the Pompidou Centre (2011) and Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain at the Tate Liverpool (2013). Gupta's curatorial efforts were paramount in the monumental exhibition, Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at The Whitechapel Gallery, London and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2010). Gupta's published work includes the monographs Queer: Sunil Gupta (Prestel/Vadehra Art Gallery, 2011); Wish You Were Here: Memories of a Gay Life (Yoda Press, New Delhi, 2008); and Pictures From Here (Chris Boot Ltd., New York, 2003).

He is currently Visiting Professor at UCA, Farnham, and visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Royal Ontario Museum, Tate Britain, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Harvard University. Gupta is represented by sepia EYE, New York, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto and Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi.

Alanna Lockward

Alanna Lockward is a Berlin and Santo Domingo based Dominican author, curator and filmmaker. She is the founding director of Art Labour Archives, an exceptional platform spiraling consistently on theory, political activism and art since 1996. Her interests are Caribbean marronage discursive and mystical legacies in time-based practices, critical race theory, decolonial aesthetics/aesthesis, Blak feminism and womanist ethics. Lockward is the author of Apremio: apuntes sobre el pensamiento y la creación contemporánea desde el Caribe (Cendeac, 2006), a collection of essays, the short novel Marassá y la Nada (Santuario 2013) and Un Haití Dominicano. Tatuajes fantasmas y narrativas bilaterales (1994-2014), a compilation of her investigative work on the history and current challenges between both island-nations (Santuario 2014).

She was cultural editor of Listín Diario, research journalist of Rumbo magazine and columnist of the Miami Herald and is currently a columnist of Her essays and reviews have been widely published internationally by Afrikadaa, Atlántica, ARTECONTEXTO, Arte X Excelencias, Art Nexus, Caribbean InTransit and Savvy Journal. In 2014 she was the guest columnist  of Camera Austria.

At the Museo de Arte Moderno (Santo Domingo) Lockward was appointed Director of International Affairs (1988) and was designated as Selection Jury of the XX Bienal Nacional de Artes Visuales (1996) and as Award Jury in its 26 edition (2011).

She has been a guest lecturer at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the Decolonial Summer School Middelburg,  the University of Warwick, Dutch Art Institute and Goldsmiths University of London and has been a panelist at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa) and Duke, Columbia and Princeton Universities in the US. She is academic advisor of Transart Institute and is associated scholar of Young Scholars Network Black Diaspora and Germany. She has conceptualized and curated the groundbreaking trans-disciplinary meeting BE.BOP. BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS (2012-2016).

Alanna Lockward has been awarded by the Allianz Cultural Foundation, the Danish Arts Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Her first documentary project on Black Liberation Theology and the transnational history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) received the production prize FONPROCINE 2013.

Additional Info

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

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