For our first event in our Hiding in Plain Sight programme, we have invited Malaysia-based artist Sharon Chin to speak about her recent projects, with a starting point of her work Creatures on the Move (In the Death of the Night) (2022). This work is a series of photographs of shadow puppets, lit solely by the flare of Hengyuan Refinery in Port Dickson, Malaysia. Chin’s home is located 200m from the fence. This work has taken many forms – as linocuts, placards, and wheatpaste posters. Chin asks: without darkness, how can we dream of the day?
In conversation with Afterall editor Elisa Adami and CSM Art Programme Director Alex Schady, artist Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza talked about her work in response to Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s influential text Can the Subaltern Speak? for the Two Works series.
(en français) Conversation between Prisca Tankwey, Cedrick Nzolo, Sinzo Aanza, Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse, Judith Clark, Charlotte Delacour, Adeena Mey, and Mick Finch during Afterall’s La Sape and Other Local Imaginaries symposium held in SOAS, University of London.
This talk by Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse, assistant professor at the Catholic University of Congo, will explore how and why digital content is shared and moved into circulation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ribio’s presentation discusses how visual genres such as print cartoons and popular painting now overlap with digital viral videos and memes and highlights the potential for postcolonial political critique offered by online content.
(en français) Photographer and writer Sinzo Aanza walks us through his Improbable Memorial and explores Congolese people as the direct and indirect victims of the worldwide spread of mobile phones, which are made with many materials mined in Congo and whose ubiquitous and indispensable character extends the colonial exploitation of resources and people into the present time.
Designer Cedrick Nzolo takes us through the soul of the Sape. Between art of living, seduction and technique of being. The mvuata-mable is drawn from the CDA (Congo Design Arts) Project which brings together three areas of research and expressiveness: textile and furniture design, fashion and architecture.
Artist and educator Prisca Tankwey presents on the Sape in relation to notions of identity, profile and belonging to classical categories of artistic practices. Too close to performance art, in plastic and conceptual terms, the discipline of the Sape begs a definition or the establishment of new boundaries.
A conversation on the stakes, problematics and possibilities of decolonising universities in the 2020s, with Osmundo Pinho, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Recôncavo da Bahia Federal University, Brazil, and Rahul Rao, Senior Lecturer in Politics at SOAS, University of London. The coversation and Q&A will be chaired by Yaiza Hernández Velázquez, Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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.
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard University, in conversation with artist and Afterall Co-Founding Director Mark Lewis on the ethics of painting and themes of subjectivity in the pedagogical process, with reference to Jean-Siméon Chardin’s captivating 1737 painting, The Young Schoolmistress.
Artist, critic and Barnard College Professor John Miller discusses the art school in neoliberal crisis and the role of art and the artist in the present, in light of Mike Kelley’s 1995 work of institutional critique, Educational Complex. In conversation Alex Schady, artist and Programme Director for Art at Central Saint Martins.
A conversation and Q&A with writer and curator Sylwia Serafinowicz on Elizabeth Catlett‘s 1978 work Students Aspire, made for the campus of Howard University. Serafinowicz will discuss the work and her short essay on its themes co-facilitators Alison Green, art historian, critic, curator and CSM Senior Lecturer, and creative and curator Vanessa Spiridellis, whose research covers Pan-African religions, pirate history and intersectional feminist theory.
Conversation between Buenos Aires-based initiator of Movimiento Justicia Museal (Museum Justice Movement) Johanna Palmeyro and Afterall ArtSchool co-editor Arianna Mercado as part of THE EDUCATIONAL WEB at the Kunstverein in Hamburg. This discussion will reflect on the question of knowledge and unlearning within the context of museological practice.
Conversation between artist, filmmaker, and writer, Zach Blas and Afterall ArtSchool co-editor Camille Crichlow. Blas’s creative practice engages the materiality of digital technologies while also drawing out the philosophies and imaginaries lurking in artificial intelligence, biometric recognition, predictive policing, airport security, the internet, and biological warfare. The discussion reflects on Blas’s pedagogical and research-based approaches to artistic practice and technologies of capture informed by queer and feminist theory.
Conversation between Afterall ArtSchool editors Arianna Mercado and Camille Crichlow and members of the arts education collective, A Particular Reality. The discussion reflects on building collective, collaborative and creative learning environments and anti-racist approaches to arts education.
Conversation between Yogyakarta-based KUNCI Study Forum & Collective and Afterall ArtSchool co-editor Arianna Mercado as part of THE EDUCATIONAL WEB at the Kunstverein in Hamburg. This discussion reflects on KUNCI’s School of Improper Education and the collective’s ethos to experiment with methods in producing and sharing knowledge through the acts of studying together at the intersections of affective, manual, and intellectual labour.
Conversation between writer, critic and Professor and Chair of Africana and American Studies at University at Buffalo Rinaldo Walcott, and Afterall ArtSchool co-editor Camille Crichlow as part of THE EDUCATIONAL WEB at the Kunstverein in Hamburg. The podcast explores the logics of what Walcott terms ‘the long emancipation’ in the context of educational apparatuses and knowledge systems, in addition to the role of Black creativity and its centrality to the emergence of Black freedom.
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.