Glucksman Gallery

Socially Engaged Art and Coloniality – UNESCO Learning Cities

Public Lecture by AGHBI International Visiting Fellow Dr Carlos Garrido Castellano

Socially-Engaged Art and Coloniality Based on an ongoing concern with how coloniality has shaped our global artistic contemporaneity, this lecture will explore how approaches to socially-engaged art might benefit from a postcolonial lens. There is much to gain from approaching socially-engaged art practices from a lens sensitive to colonial and postcolonial struggles: whilst issues of collective agency, autonomy, citizenship, public space, accountability or commoning are commonly framed within debates confronting socially-engaged art practices, these also emerge as central concerns of societies confronting past or ongoing processes of neocolonial domination. This shift in focus is motivated by the need to confront two common assumptions: first, the focus on individual authorship, a sublimation of particular subjectivities, embedded with a singular capacity of “being ahead of their time and place”, that has prevailed in much of the research on postcolonial artistic practices; second, the fact that socially-engaged and activist art are often explained as a recent artistic trend deriving from European and American avant-garde aesthetics. In challenging both assumptions, I conceive artistic collaboration and socially-driven artistic projects as crucial in the promotion and configuration of a critical consciousness and emergent modes of cultural engagement in postcolonial public spheres. This talk is part of a series of events with AGHBI International Visiting Fellow Dr Carlos Garrido Castellano:

Category: Arts and Cultural Events: Glucksman Gallery
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Glucksman Gallery – River Room
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr Helena Buffery
353 (0)21 490 3267

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