Gabi Ngcobo will discuss refusal as a curatorial strategy as employed in her collaborative projects. These include Nothing Gets Organised – NGO, Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR, 2010–14) and the 10th Berlin Biennale: We Don’t Need Another Hero, which resisted the desire for a single heroic conclusion in favor of embracing complexity. Herein, refusal is applied as a strategy to challenge the uptake of assigned or inherited responsibilities that keep certain people in roles whereby they are expected to explain to those who have the privilege not to know.
Initiated by Casco Art Institute, Curating Strategies of Productive Refusal is organized in line with one of Casco Art Institute’s study lines on the commons, Angry letters. Angry Letters works with the magazine as a repository medium for collating tools that de-center the oppressor/s in conversations on freedom and liberation. The inaugural ‘issue’ is developed with Open – Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain and takes a text-to-workshop form for opening up and applying discussions in real time. The outcome will thus comprise of online and print components to be published in the fall of 2019.