Tilting Axis 5
(May 29th-31st, 2019)
La 5ème édition de Tilting Axis 5, « Au-delà des tendances : décolonisation et critique d'art », explorera le thème de la décolonisation du discours critique au-delà de son usage fonctionnel actuel de simple critique culturelle et institutionnelle. Contrairement à son application à des sites et processus spécifiques, la décolonisation est-elle une pratique radicale et continue dans les Caraïbes ? Cette question sera étudiée ainsi que la circulation de ces discours, pour tenter d’identifier leur actualité et leurs spécificités selon les sites de la Caraïbe. Par exemple, que signifie pour les institutions d’art la négociation de la décolonisation dans un période postcoloniale ? Quelles approches singulières peuvent être déployées pour décoloniser les discours – en, particulier en ce qui concerne la critique artistique - et les rendre plus audibles dans les espaces où le discours critique a traditionnellement peu de prévalence et d’audience?
En examinant le rôle des artistes, conservateurs, éducateurs, érudits, écrivains d’art, d’agents d’artistes et de rédacteur de politiques, etc., seront interrogés les moyens de mobiliser de manière stratégique des discours sur la décolonisation soient utiles au secteur culturel de la Caraïbe.
Les participants de Tilting Axis sont tenus de payer des frais d’inscription de 75 USD.
Les frais d'inscription sont supprimés pour les participants locaux.
Manthia Diawara - a writer, cultural theorist, film director, and scholar. He is Professor of Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at New York University and is director emeritus of the Institute of African American Affairs. Born in Mali’s capital Bamako, Manthia Diawara spent his youth in Guinea until 1964 when his family was expelled from the country by the regime of Ahmed Sékou Touré.
In 2009, Diawara documented his conversations with Martinican philosopher, writer, and poet Édouard Glissant aboard the Queen Mary II on their transatlantic journey from Southampton, England to New York City.
Dominique Brebion | Jocelyn Valton | Hrag Vartanian.
Moderator: Mario A. Caro.
Break-out Session #1:
Words as Weapons: Decolonising Art Criticism break-out session will explore how art criticism as a practice in the Caribbean is (mis)understood and how it is being regenerated in this context through online blogs, self-publishing, institutional programming and publications, informal conversations, etc. We will focus on the broader challenges of democratising art criticism, the established power relations within criticism, and the usefulness of criticism being deployed as a tool to gather a more authentic and expansive tool of learning and empowerment.
Mireille Badamie | Charles Campbell | Laurella Rinçon.
Moderator: Johanna Auguaic
Break-out Session #2:
Mashing up the Canon break-out session will explore provocative approaches enacted across the archipelago to co-write multiple narratives, challenging how the Caribbean continues to be determined by prevailing neocolonialist ideologies that perpetuate disempowerment and the demise of arts ecologies in the region.
What are examples of Caribbean cultural institutions confronting inequities in its arts ecology or institutions further afield that have mirrored concerns? Where are the striking examples of cultural workers challenging systemic injustices, cultural biases, and dominant ideologies?
Erin Christovale | Carlos Motta | Jerry Philogene
Moderator — Tobias Ostrander
Break-out Session #3:
In the related break-out session, we want to seek out different approaches being deployed across the wider Caribbean, for example by artist-led initiatives or as expressed by artists exploring decolonisation in their practice. Colonisation in Reverse requires we all show up to the frontline to express discontent with the conscription of artists’ works as product for the marketplace and an answer to economic crises faced by many Small Island Developing States.
2018 Tilting Axis Fellow
Natalie Willis is a British-Bahamian curator and cultural worker. Born and raised in Grand Bahama, she received her BA (Hons) and MA in Fine Art at York St John University in the UK. Willis currently works as Assistant Curator at National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, with a concerted focus on writing aimed at decolonising and decentralising the art archive, adding to the literature on Bahamian and Caribbean visual culture, and developing her burgeoning curatorial practice. Somewhere in a parallel universe, she still makes artwork.
As an emerging curator desperately trying to not contribute to the brain-drain of the Caribbean, she has dedicated her time at the NAGB to focusing on knowledge building and access through text and speaking to the way the colonial tourism of the late 1800s shaped the cultural and physical landscape of the Anglo-Caribbean. Willis has been an invited speaker at the Caribbean Studies Association Conference (2017), and the Museums Association of the Caribbean Annual Conference (2016). She was selected to take part in the Goldsmiths + British School at Rome Summer Intensive Course, themed “Curating the Contemporary”, in Rome in 2017. Most recently, Willis was awarded the Tilting Axis Curatorial Fellowship for 2018.
Tilting Axis Announcement Speaker: Tiffany Boyle
Co-curator of Mother Tongue, founded in 2009 with Jessica Carden. They presented the work of Nadia Myre for Glasgow International 2018; are current recipients of an Art Fund New Collecting Award working with Glasgow Museums; and this October will mount at Edinburgh Printmakers a show with Alberta Whittle and Hardeep Pandhal. She lectures at Glasgow School of Art, and is currently a Postdoctoral and Senior Scholar Fellow with Hauser & Wirth Institute researching the practice of Donald Locke between 1972-81.