Lectures on anti-racist, BPOC and migrants practices in art

Atelierhaus/Semperdepot, first floor
Dec 7 2017
Lehargasse 6-8
1060 Vienna
Thursday, December 7, 2017
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For the first two events of an ongoing lecture series on anti-racist, BPOC and migrant practices, actions and activism within the field of art we are honored to welcome Christina Sharpe (Tufts University, Boston) as well as Melodie Holliday and Julie Wright of Shades of Noir (University of the Arts London).

Melodie Holliday and Julie Wright, Shades of Noir hosted by Sunanda Mesquita
Thursday 14.12.2017 – 18:30 h
Ort: Atelierhaus/Semperdepot, first floor
Lehargasse 6-8, 1060 Wien

The lectures intend to create a dialogue between the invited speakers and hosting local activists, theorists and/or artists. By spinning a conversation around current conditions of Black, POC and migrant lives within the field of art we hope to highlight anti-racist fights and empowering strategies.

In her lecture Black. Still. Life. Christina Sharpe will navigate through various literal, visual and cinematic representations of Black life by way of her concept of the „wake“. She will interrogate as to how such life is shaped and animated by the afterlife of slavery and what survives despite such insistent violence and negation.
Christina Sharpe is Professor for English at Tufts University, Boston, USA.

Melodie Holliday and Julie Wright’s talk will be based on the work of the founder of Shades of Noir, Aisha Richard's chapter in the book Inside The Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia: „Reclaiming Freedom Beyond the Glass Ceiling to Transform Institutional Cultures“. Shades of Noir is an independent program by a collective based at the University of the Arts London (UAL).

This lecture series aims to create a space that makes the multiple BPOC and migrant voices (in the field of art) present, heard and respected. Moreover, the lecture series intends to work towards a space that is free of Eurocentric ignorance and offensive statements. We invite everybody attending the events to keep that in mind and help to create this space.

* The lectures are organized and financed by the Working Committee on Equal Treatment, Akademie geht in die Schule, the Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies and the Institute of Fine Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The following group of people is responsible for the first two events: Simone Bader, Petja Dimitrova, Moira Hille, Anna Janowiak, Günay Özayli, Abiona Esther Ojo, Ruth Sonderegger