Talks / Workshops

Gallery Reflection #3 – Art and (New) Intersectional Feminisms

ifa Gallery, Berlin, Germany
16 Nov 2017

© Wura-Natasha Ogunji, The Kissing Mask, 2017, photo: Victoria Tomaschko

© Wura-Natasha Ogunji, The Kissing Mask, 2017, photo: Victoria Tomaschko

Intersectional feminism acknowledges and underlines how the structural, global, and subjective entanglements of race, class, ethnicity, religion, and gender affect women’s and trans people’s experiences.

How do artistic practices reflect, articulate, or critique this political position? What are the legacies of past and pioneering iterations of Black feminist intersectional thought (Kimberlé Crenshaw) and activism and how do they relate to new generations of artists, activists, academics? What role does art play in the quest for an intersectional feminist political economy?

In the third event in the gallery reflection series, Alanna Lockward , Federica Bueti , Kathy-Ann Tan , and Jonas Tinius will be discussing the relation of art to intersectional feminism in the context of the exhibition Every Mask I Ever Loved by Nigerian-American artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

Federica Bueti is a writer and editor based in Berlin. Her research focuses on feminist politics and economies of writing. She is the editor of …ment, Journal for Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics. She is part of the curatorial team at SAVVY Contemporary, where she co-curates the series Speaking Feminisms dedicated to an exploration of current feminist practices and alliances. She is currently completing her PhD in Critical Writing in Art at the Royal College of Art, London.

Alanna Lockward is a Dominican-German author, curator and filmmaker. She is the founding director of Art Labour Archives, an exceptional platform centered on theory, political activism and art. Her interests are Caribbean marronage discursive and mystical legacies in time-based practices, critical race theory, decolonial aesthetics/aesthesis, Black feminism and womanist ethics.

Kathy-Ann Tan is a Berlin-based academic who received her PhD and Habilitation in North American Literatures and Cultures from the University of Tübingen. Her research and teaching interests lie in the fields of postcolonial and decolonial studies, critical race theory, citizenship studies, gender and queer studies, poetry and visual cultures. She is currently a guest professor of American Studies at the University of Paderborn. Her current research project, The Aesthetics of Decolonization: Performance, Affect and Visual Perception, explores how dominant narratives of western modernity are complicated, challenged and re-negotiated in performance and visual cultures (visual art, site-specific performances, museum interventions, etc.), cultural practices, and social formations.

Jonas Tinius is an anthropologist of art and post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), based at the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. His current research explores how Berlin-based curators, contemporary artists, and art institutions engage with notions of alterity and otherness through critical curatorial strategies to reflect on German and European heritage and identities. He is convener of the Anthropology and the Arts Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (with Roger Sansi, Barcelona).


Thursday, 16 November, 7.30 pm
ifa Gallery Berlin, Linienstr.139/140, 10115 Berlin

Event in English

Gallery Reflections is a series of public discussions on institutions and curatorial practices moderated by anthropologist Jonas Tinius in the framework of Untie to Tie – Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Societies.


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