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[21] Decolonization Now: Ground for Action

Description:

As one of the G20 nations, Mexico City is the perfect venue to bring together a hemispheric group to think through how the goals of decolonization and decoloniality can shape our work as artists, activists, and academics in the post-neoliberal world. This group will make field visits both to pay respect to indigenous and black sites of resistance and to learn about the Mexico City metropolitan area, with 21 million people, average age 27, 56% access to the Internet, and 60% informal housing threatened by biosphere crisis. This is the ground for present-day decolonization. The workshop will work towards creating a collaborative, free, downloadable decolonized “curriculum” in the sense of Paulo Freire’s “practices of freedom.” How can decolonizing remain grounded, continue to make territorial acknowledgements, advocate for restitution and reparations, and create new perception under these ever-changing conditions?

Format and structure:

In the workshop, all participants will share ideas and work from their own region and particular interests. The goal is to begin the work of collaboration by coming to understand each other’s situations, and to form community. While people of all experiences are welcome, this is not conceived as an “introduction to decolonizing” workshop but as a place for people working through the  many challenges of the present to learn by sharing and through mutual support. The workshop intends to bring together practitioners, academics, and activists to share skills, knowledges and possibilities.

What applicants should submit:

Share whatever makes sense to show that you’ve been thinking and working in ways that are influenced by ideas and practices of decolonizing and decoloniality.

Ideal Number of Participants:

10-15

Languages spoken/understood by conveners:

Spanish/French/English (we welcome speakers of other languages)

Conveners:

Alicia Grullón: Moving between performance, video and photography, artist and activist Alicia Grullón has developed an interdisciplinary argument for the inclusion of disenfranchised communities. A long-time activist in the Bronx, Grullón is an artist-in-residence at the Hemispheric Institute in New York. She has exhibited widely at El Museo del Barrio, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Performa, and the Brooklyn Museum to name just a few.

Nicholas Mirzoeff:  is a writer and visual activist. Recent projects include the exhibit “Decolonizing Appearance” at the Center for Art on Migration Politics, Copenhagen and the book The Appearance of Black Lives Matter (NAME Publications, 2018) with an artist’s project by Carl Pope and Karen Pope. How To See The World (2016) has been translated into nine languages.