This symposium was a collaboration with Museu de Arte de São Paulo, UAL’s Decolonising Arts Institute and Goldsmiths Department of Visual Cultures. Jumping off from our pilot ArtSchool 2020 project, this programme invited various contributors to contribute a short text (1,500 words) on a given theme, and to join a subsequent live video call to discuss it.
Artist, curator, and researcher Rachael Minott thinks through decolonial views on artmaking, gathering the thoughts of Audre Lorde and her own personal experiences.
Arist and educator Rosana Paulino writes about the ways in which Black artists are written about and studied in Brazil, and how these modalities can be challenged.
In this essay, Senior Lecturer in Politics at SOAS Rahul Rao reflects on the UK’s Conservative response to Black History Month.
Associate Professor of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Recôncavo da Bahia Federal University Osmundo Pinho reflects on the Brazilian writers Monteiro Lobato and Carolina Maria de Jesus, thinking through representation and Blackness.
Curator, architect, and researcher Margarida Waco writes about the publishing industry in 2020, its potentials, and pitfalls.
In this text, cultural organiser and writer Diego del Valle Rios writes about Mexico City’s relationship with decoloniality as the ‘Cultural Capital of America,’ its museum’s collections, and ways to dismantle the city’s capitalist hydra.
Philosopher Yuderkys Espinosa-Miñoso writes about broadening our understandings on art as intertwined with daily life and liberation.
Artist, writer, and musician Elvira Espejo Ayca takes readers through the Andean language, unpacking art’s necessary ties to praxis and the act of doing.
A conversation on the stakes, problematics and possibilities of decolonising museums in the 2020s, with Diego del Valle Ríos, organiser, writer and editor at Terremoto magazine, and curator, architect and researcher Margrarida Nzuzi Waco of The Funambulist magazine, chaired by Afterall Managing Editor Amber Husain.
A conversation on the stakes, problematics and possibilities of decolonising museums in the 2020s, with Victoria Noorthoorn, Director of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, and Bolivian artist, writer and musician Elvira Espejo Ayca, chaired by Amanda Carneiro, Curator at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo.