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Saturday 21st of January at 3—5pm
CURATORS IN CONVERSATION #5
Mother Tongue (Tiffany Boyle and Jessica Carden) in collaboration
with CuratorLab/Konstfack presents:

EXHIBITING ETHNICITIES: THE COMPLEXITIES INHERENT
IN RACE AS SUBJECT MATTER

Erika Dayla Massaquoi will present her paper Electroculture: Vanguard Documentary, Cut-and-Mix, and Futurist Diasporic Media, and referencing her curatorial project Race in Digital Space. Erik Gant will discuss his writings, Arctic Diagnoses and Good and Bad Eskimos, in relation his role as the co-founder of The Society for Bad Ethnographic Film.

The presentations will be followed by an open discussion. Language: English

Welcome!

Konsthall C opens again on Wednesday 18th January.

Current exhibition: Mutual Matters (until March 4).


Konsthall C, Cigarrvägen 14, Hökarängen.

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CURATORS IN CONVERSATION#5

Two exhibitions in 1989 - Jean Hubert-Martin’s controversial Magiciens de la Terre (Paris) and Rasheed Aareen’s The Other Story (London) – marked the beginning of the accelerated presence of non-Western artists in galleries and institutions (primarily located in the West). While the discourse at the time was heavily weighted on addressing the centre-periphery power imbalance in the art world, what lurked under the surface of such discussions were the complexities inherent in curatorial attempts to present ethnicity issues in the gallery context and within critical discourse. Over twenty years later, it is apparent that such problems remain, or perhaps have even been exaggerated by the paradoxical nature of multiculturalism.

There continues to be not only the fetishisation of the origins of non-Western artists, but a persistent expectation that non-Western artists will produce work that addresses their individual identity while simultaneously representing “their” larger ethnic group. Alongside the speakers’ presentations, the event aims to question and open up discussion on whether the curator is a protagonist in the scenario outlined above; the prominence of ethnicity in curatorship at present; whether possibilities exist to curate “post-race” exhibitions; if the ethnicity of the individual curator is (in)visible in their projections of such sensitive subject-matter via the exhibition-making process, amongst other points.

Mother Tongue, in collaboration with Konsthall C and CuratorLab/Konstfack, have invited Erika Dayla Massaquoi and Erik Gant to contribute to the fifth installment of the Curators in Conversation series. Erika Dayla Massaquoi will present her paper Electroculture: Vanguard Documentary, Cut-and-Mix, and Futurist Diasporic Media, examining African-American artists’ use of new media technologies and referencing her curatorial project Race in Digital Space. Erik Gant will discuss his previous writings, Arctic Diagnoses and Good and Bad Eskimos, in relation to his role as the co-founder of The Society for Bad Ethnographic Film. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion, moderated by Mother Tongue.


Erika Dalya Massaquoi is the Assistant Dean of the School of Art & Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. She has taught classes on contemporary art, cinema, music, and emerging technologies at Yale University, New York University, and The New School for Social Research. She has held curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Museum of the Moving Image, and received her Ph.D. from New York University with the thesis Electrocultures. She has contributed writings to publications such as Struggles for Representation: African-American Documentary Film and Video and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Feminist Press.

Erik Gant is currently Acting Executive Secretary for The Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat in Copenhagen. He holds a degree in Film Studies from the University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. from the Department of Aesthetic Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark, with the thesis Eskimotid [Eskimo Time] on representations of Eskimo society in film. As a freelance critic, he has taught and written extensively Danish-Greenlandic colonial history and the concept of Ethno-Aesthetics. In 2000 Gant established The Society For Bad Ethnographic Film, alongside the artist Pia Arke and Anders Jørgensen.


Curators in Conversation is a collaboration between Konsthall C and curator Johan Lundh. Curators, artists and others involved in curatorial practice are invited to participate. The central idea is that public conversations with many different practitioners can lead to different perspectives on curating.


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