Talks / Workshops

Ruptured Histories: Critical Exchanges on Issues of Decolonisation

AICA International, Online
03 Sep 2021

Ruptured Histories: Critical Exchanges on Issues of Decolonisation

A series of Web Symposiums presented by AICA International, The Association of International Art Critics on the initiative of the Fellowship Fund Committee.

Ruptured Histories Project hopes to bring together a multiplicity of stands of the global debate of Decolonisation to enable us to investigate it from different geographical and cultural vantage points.

Friday 3rd Sep. ’21
3 PM (CET)
10 AM (São Paulo)
1 PM (Senegal)

AICA online webinar is open to members and non-members worldwide.
Duration: 2 hours.


AICA International’s Fellowship Fund Committee launches the first in a series of webinars on the complex history and legacy of colonisation and current policies of decolonisation in art criticism, exhibiting and collecting.

Decolonisation in the Museum: Interrogating the History of Slavery revolves around two topical exhibitions: the 2018 exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo/MASP and the 2021 Slavery exhibition at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

The curators of these two exhibitions Adriano Pedrosa (MASP) and Valika Smeulders (Rijksmuseum) will elaborate on the choices being made. Which audience is addressed? How to tell stories of people who had been deprived of everything, including the right to their own name? What is the role of contemporary art in the exhibition? And what was the impact on the audiences, what was the critic’s response?

Two experts on the topic, Anthony Bogues (Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University) and Babacar Mbaye Diop (chair AICA Senegal, director 11th Dakar Biennale), will present their perspective on the subject. The floor will be open for a response and questions from the international audience.

The moderator will be Karen von Veh (University of Johannesburg), conjoint with other international members of the Fellowship Fund Committee of AICA International.

Concept Joke de Wolf and Robert-Jan Muller


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