Talk: Michelle Eistrup, Alanna Lockward & Samuel Olou, 2011

Decolonizing Knowledge and Being

Monday 11 April at 6:30-8:30 pm
At Baltic Art Center
Skeppsbron 24, Visby

Film screening and dinner

The Collaborative Research Residency group has prepared a session on “Decolonizing Knowledge and Being” through moving image, food preparation and consumption. The evening will start with screenings that address how Panafricanism and Diasporic politics and aesthetics have been interconnected. The relationship between Caribbean Diaspora thinkers and fighters in the liberation and decolonization of the African continent will be discussed with regards to how these narratives are present in contemporary art and knowledge production from Africa and its Diaspora in Europe. European notions of “civilization” will be challenged by means of contesting “table manners” in a dinner prepared by the group, which shall be enjoyed by the audience without forks, spoons, or knives.

The presentation will be in English.

Michelle Eistrup, Alanna Lockward & Samuel Olou have been invited to BAC for a month in March-April as part of the Collaborative Research Residency. Their collaboration is an extension of the ideas presented in the conceptual framework of Transnational Decolonial Institute, initiated by Walter Mignolo and Alanna Lockward, which aims at exploring and better understanding the formation and transformation of coloniality in order to foster decolonial projects.

Michelle Eistrup is an artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She grew up in Jamaica, Paris, and New York and has a BA in Social Anthropology from Haverford College and is MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Alanna Lockward is an author, critic and independent curator from the Carribean based in Berlin. She is the founding director of ArtLabour Archives and is Chief editor of VideoArtWorld online magazine.

Samuel Olou is an artist born in Togo. He has previously lived in Ghana but is now based in Oslo, Norway where he also obtained his MFA at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The Collaborative Research Residency is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.