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Latin American Art from a Decolonial Perspective Webinar

Course description

This webinar led by Dr. Ileana L. Selejan, Decolonising Arts Institute Research Fellow, presents a counterpoint to conventional narratives on contemporary art which inherit a strong Western bias. By inverting the map, it looks at how the contested category of the “global” can be explored exclusively through a South by South perspective.

In the first part of this session, participants will gain a more in-depth understanding of how Latin American art is positioned within the field, discursively as well as in terms of exhibition practices. We will consider asymmetries of power that are embedded within the art world, by looking at historic connections between the so-called “centres” and “peripheries”.

In the second part of the session, we will be discussing South by South connections, and gain insight into how artists working across Latin American, African and Asian contexts have historically contested the dominance of the West.

The webinar builds upon examples from Latin America primarily, although by relation to other regions from the Global South. Decolonial and post-colonial theory will inform in-class conversations, as we test how such approaches might counter Eurocentric cultural paradigms.


Who should attend this session?

This webinar is aimed at anyone interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of contemporary art outside of a traditional Western-biased canon. It is also an excellent fit for individuals who are new to the creative sector or who aspire to work in it, and want to learn more about global contemporary art from a decolonial perspective.


Outcomes

After this session you will:

  • Explore how to analyse and interpret works of art by relation to non-hegemonic contexts, i.e. from outside of the Western canon.
  • Have an introduction to current debates around contemporary art from the Global South and to how decolonial approaches have impacted the field as a whole.
  • Be encouraged to think of how to apply decolonial theory to counter Eurocentric notions that are still prevalent in art discourse.
  • Have a fresh perspective on contemporary art beyond Europe and the United States.
  • Be challenged on re-thinking inherent bias within the field, and how this impacts the type of work that is produced and its reception.


Each webinar will feature:

  • Expert knowledge from industry professionals
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded creatives
  • A chance to join the conversation with a live Q&A
  • Our webinar sessions are aimed for anyone looking to upskill and develop their professional practices. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion

We have other webinar sessions coming up soon. See our full webinars list.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.

Details

Topics to be covered:

  • Latin American contemporary art
  • Practices from the Global South
  • Decolonial, post-colonial and institutional critique
  • Transnational connections in between cultural “peripheries”
  • Countering Eurocentric bias, art and exhibition history

Materials

To take part in this webinar session you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here - https://www.speedtest.net

We recommend you have:

  • A notebook
  • A pen
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