Introduction: Beate Söntgen
The symposium will open with lectures on participatory art of various origins: The art historian Monica Juneja will talk about the difference between city and country in relational art practices in India. Heba El Cheikh, the director of the Egyptian art organization Mahatat – Contemporary Art, will provide insights into her many years of work with political participatory projects. Ines Kleesattel will ask what voices are heard in art history following the equally programmatic and provocative idea of a world aesthetic developed by the writer and philosopher Édouard Glissant for the Caribbean. Patrick Mudekereza, director of the Center d’art Waza, will discuss alternative knowledge production using the example of social art practice over the past three years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The second part of the symposium will focus on the work of the artist Tania Bruguera. In her recent work at the Tate Modern, 10,448,45, Bruguera collaborates with people from the museum’s neighborhood on art interventions to develop a community-based response to the global migration crisis. Based on this work, curator Maria Lind, political scientist Nikita Dhawan, historian Howard Caygill and artists and activists Nitasha Dhillon and Amin Husain will discuss perspectives from art theory, political activism, decolonialism, history and art.
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