Talks / Workshops

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – Strategies for Decolonisation

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
17 Dec 2020

Rhea Storr, still from The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates, 2017 © Rhea Storr

Rhea Storr, still from The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates, 2017 © Rhea Storr

As part of SITUATIONS/Closure, Fotomuseum Winterthur hosts a panel discussion on artistic, curatorial and academic strategies of decolonisation. Who has the authority and the right to speak about a given culture, a specific community or history and how can colonial narratives and imageries be undermined? What are the strategies to disrupt the logics and corruptions of archives and other forms of knowledge formation, and how can we create aesthetic spaces that allow for new approaches and open dialogue based on a postcolonial, critical reassessment?


Rhea Storr, a British-Bahamian artist whose work The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates (2017) is currently on display at Fotomuseum, will speak about her practice, which deals with the understanding and meaning of the visibility of black culture and experience as well as the possibilities to formulate new forms of seeing, perceiving and imagining.

Julia Grosse, co-founder and artistic director of Contemporary & (C&), will speak about the art magazine’s project C& Center of Unfinished Business. C& has established a travelling library and growing archives of books that expose, disrupt and challenge the many forms of colonial legacies.

Gloria Oyarzabal, a Spanish artist, will present her work Women Go No’Gree, which examines the colonialisation of the concept of gender through Victorian education, monotheistic religions and the canon of beauty.

Lorena Rizzo, research associate at the Center for African Studies and eikones – Center for the Theory and History of the Image of the University of Basel, will talk about her current research projectAesthetics from the Margins, which explores social and cultural ways of world-making in colonial and postcolonial contexts through images, signs and symbols, idioms and narratives, media and social practices.

Moderated by Thato Mogotsi, a Johannesburg-based independent arts practitioner with a practice that spans the curatorial, photography and archival research.


Thursday, 17.12.2020, 19:00-20:00

The event is free and takes place on Zoom. Details on how to access the talk will be confirmed upon registration. Register here or follow the livestream here.


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