11.–12.6.2018, Autograph, London, UK
My 3rd participation to BE.BOP (Black Europe Body Politics), the biennial conference between two cities curated by Alanna Lockward.
I take part in the panel: The Commons of Struggle / The Common Struggle?
With: Robbie Shilliam, Gurminder Bhambra, Sasha Huber, Sophie Maríñez. Moderated by Alanna Lockward
This panel will present various takes on colonial legacies and how they inform the present. From Britain’s fantasy of the old colonial empire, reflected in recent Brexit debates, to Decolonial literature and poetry that celebrates a legacy of solidarity between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, against dominant readings of historiographies.
Panelists will discuss various methods and strategies to excavate and make visible long and forgotten histories of Decolonial aesthesis.
About BE.BOP 2018: COALITIONS FACING WHITE INNOCENCE, tackles once again central questions on Black European citizenship within global affairs. By incorporating a variety of disciplines and approaches – art, science, film, performance, activism – BE.BOP directly confronts colonial legacies and continuities with artistic strategies that enable the retelling of such violent histories. Grounded in the contributions of Decolonial Aesthetics, this year’s edition takes up the concept of “White Innocence”, coined by influential Caribbean Diaspora thinker Gloria Wekker in order to make visible the continuing inequalities caused by colonial modernity.
Giving a keynote at the Kiertoliike 2018 seminar in Tampere. I gave a short interview here.
The Vantaa Art Museum Artsi organized a discussion with former president of Finland Tarja Halonen and me as part of the exhibition PAX - Let's talk about peace!. The event was moderated by Abdirahim ”Husu” Hussein.
23.–26.3.2018, Spazio Cerere, Rome
I join the group exhibition Transizioni e passaggi curated by Hanna Laakso, Krista Mikkola and Riikka Vainio at the gallery Spazio Cerere in Rome. Review in Finnish on Musekala blog by Paola Brigaglia here.
23.3.2018, Riga, LV
With Petri Saarikko I am delighted to join RIBOCA1 - 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Riga, Latvia from 2. June until 28. October 2018. The biennial is curated by Katerina Gregos and the full artist list can be viewed from the official website and from the article on Artnews.
4.3.2018, 12:00h, "Burg Hüsli", Leukerbad, CH
In honor of James Baldwin and his time spent in Switzerland, I portrayed him as part of my ongoing series "The Firsts", being the first black guest at the little village of Leukerbad in the Valais Alps in Switzerland in between 1951-53. His partner at the time, the Swiss painter Lucien Happersberger, invited him to his family house there to focus on completing his first novel "Go Tell it on the Mountain".
After visiting the village myself for the first time in autumn 2016 to find the chalet he lived in, I met the owner of the house and asked if I could memorialize James Baldwin on one of the window shutters in his honor and of the time he spent in the house and village. He agreed! I then contacted the Baldwin Estate in New York City to share my idea and got their blessing, too! I returned to Leukerbad during the last holiday season and was able to take the shutter away with me, and I made the work at my studio in Helsinki. I stapled the portrait based on a drawing of James made of many of his photos and films – he even bought the woolen pullover he is wearing in Leukerbad.
On February 23, I spoke about and revealed the work at the conference "The evidence of things not seen" – Queering Europe with James Baldwin at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and will permanently install the public artwork on Sunday, 4.3. at 12:00h together with the chalet owners Family Bittel. The happening is public and everybody is welcome.
22.–23.2.2018, Bern, CH
I'm pleased to participate in the conference “The evidence of things not seen” – Queering Europe with James Baldwin organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies ICFG, University of Bern. More coming soon.
29.1.2018, 12:00-1:15 pm, Scribbs College, Boone Recital Hall, Claremont
I was invited to give an public artist talk at the Scribbs College and continued discussion at Professor Myriam J. A. Chancy's Caribbean Literature and Postcolonial Studies class.
24.1.2018, 7:00-8:30 pm, MOLAA - Museum of Latin American Art
I was invited to give an public artist talk at the MOLAA as part of their new lecture series The Integration of Art & Science in Effecting Social Change while the group exhibition Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago by Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA curated by Tatiana Flores is still running until 28.2.2018. My travels were made possible by the Arts Promotion Center Finland.