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10am - 11.30am


Prof. Madina Tlostanova 'Post-soviet art and decolonial aesthesis'

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Masterclass led by Professor Madina Tlostanova 'Post-soviet art and decolonial aesthesis' as part of the TrAIN Research Centre Postsocialism and Art project. 

Post-soviet art and decolonial aesthesis

Among various examples of decolonial art accentuating the emancipation of aesthesis from the limitations imposed by euromodern aesthetics, the post-soviet art is not yet sufficiently known or visible. Nevertheless it offers a number of specific complex intersections and interactions of the postsoviet experience (marked additionally by the postcolonial sensibilities), and the decolonial political, epistemic, ethical and artistic agendas. In my talk i will dwell on the key elements of these intersections and zoom in the works of several decolonial artists (Taus Makhacheva, Aslan Gaisumov, Saule Suleimenova, Saodat Ismailova).  

Madina Tlostanova is decolonial thinker and writer, professor of postcolonial feminisms at Linköping University (Sweden). She has authored over 180 articles and book chapters, 11 monographs and three novels translated into many languages. Her interests focus on decolonial thought, particularly in its aesthetic, existential and epistemic manifestations, indigenous feminisms and feminisms of the Global South, the postsoviet colonial human condition, fiction and art. Her most recent books include What Does it Mean to be Post-Soviet? Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire (Duke University Press, 2018), A new Political Imagination, Making the Case (co-authored with Tony Fry, Routledge, 2020) and a forthcoming collection Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues, Intersections, Opacities, co-edited with Redi Koobak and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert (Routledge, 2021). 

Image: Saule Suleimenova ASTANALINE, 2015-2016. acrylic on photo print on canvas, 127×2800 cm