Pannel: Plotting Decolonial Options: Translocal Interrogations

György Kemény, HO, 1970. Courtesy of the artist.
György Kemény, HO, 1970. Courtesy of the artist.

ICA (Cinema 1), London, 5 June 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm
: Edit András, Chandra Frank, Katya García-Antón
Chaired by Juliet Steyn
£8 / £6 concessions/ £5 ICA members

Following on from the panel discussion Decolonising the Mind, Provincialising the West in 2017, this event continues a series of responses to the publication Extending the Dialogue and engages further translocal conversations on ‘horizontal art histories’ (Piotrowski) and systematic efforts to challenge decolonial experiments in the arts and education. This series invites scholars, artists and practitioners to engage in and reflect on ways of developing the ‘decolonial option’ (Mignolo/Vazquez) through their artistic, theoretical, curatorial, pedagogic and social justice practices.
Plotting Decolonial Options: Translocal Interrogations invites speakers to reflect on the discursive contexts they perform and inhabit, from the (trans)local to the institutional. The speakers examine possible forms of solidarity and resistance across geohistorical margins and focus on (trans)local instances of artists’ communities, arts institutions, curatorial and art writing practices. Opening up the discussion, we ask: Which decolonial gestures should we turn to in our writing, organising and curating practices, and what is the role of the place and position of the subject in shaping these options?
6:30–6:45 Introduction
6:45–7:10 Edit András presents on the question: What is to be done with the decolonial option, with regard to art history in the context of socialist utopias and post-socialist dystopias?
7:10–7:35 Chandra Frank draws on recent curatorial projects such as Re(as)sisting Narratives (2016) and current research grappling with questions of care, curatorial practice and the use of archives within a translocal context.
7:35–7:55 Katya García-Antón presents her work at the OCA in Oslo, where she is developing a two-year programme of research and projects, Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North, dedicated to indigenous thought and practice.
7:55–8:30 Juliet Steyn moderates a discussion with the panellists.
• Rolando Vazquez and Walter Mignolo, ‘Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings’, Social Text, 15 Jul. 2013.
• Piotrowski, Piotr, ‘Toward a Horizontal History of the European Avant-Garde’, European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, pp. 49–58.


This event is organised in partnership with the ICA, London and with support by ERSTE Foundation.
This research strand is convened by Fouad Asfour, Lina Džuverović, Urška Jurman and Astrid Korporaal.