Não corte os negativos © Aline Motta

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Session 1: 12:00 – 13:45 BST 
Session 2: 14:15 = 16:00 BST

Zoom link TBC

This panel, organised by myself and María Iñigo Clavo of the Open University of Catalunya, seeks to detail how artistic and curatorial practice has informed the decolonial turn that so characterises contemporary scholarly thought and theorise how such practice may point to the decolonialities of tomorrow. 

While anthropological and art historical study has generally focused on how art is informed by, or otherwise illustrates, scholarly perspectives on decoloniality, this panel questions how artistic and/or curatorial practices might theorise or articulate diverse decolonialities to dynamically transform the canon. If we understand art as generative, how does the work of art practitioners of indigenous, diasporic and peripheral populations challenge Eurocentric paradigms of critical thought? How might, for example, such artistic practice disrupt notions of linear time? How might we conceptualise the reflexive curatorial practice of institutions that work from within a colonial matrix? What might be the sorts of languages that artists provide for thinking about the relation between objects and spectators, the commons and knowledge, theory and practice? How might such languages prefigure the decolonialities of tomorrow, and what might the theoretical basis upon which such contributions are enunciated? If indeed artistic and curatorial practice has played an important role in the facilitation of the decolonial zeitgeist, how might such practitioners be reshaping the very terrain upon which this edifice has been built in the present moment?

The panel will occur in Belfast face to face and also online. Panelists include:

  • Daniel Dinato (Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Daniella Villalta (Pesquisadora indepente)
  • Giuliana Borea (Newcastle University)
  • Alvaro Malaina (University Complutense of Madrid)
  • Pamela Cevallos (Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador) 
  • Ingrid D'Esposito (University of Turin)
  • Nile Davies (Columbia University) 
  • Scott Head (Federal University of Santa Catarina) 
  • Paulo Raposo (ISCTE-IUL) 
  • Lili Aguilar (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

auflynn [at] arts.ucla.edu

Alex Ungprateeb Flynn is an Assistant Professor at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles. Working as an anthropologist and curator, Alex’s practice explores the intersection of ethnographic and curatorial modes of enquiry. Researching collaboratively with activists, curators and artists in Brazil since 2007, Alex explores the prefigurative potential of art in community contexts, prompting the theorisation of fields such as the production of knowledge, the pluriversal, and the social and aesthetic dimensions of form.