Join us on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 1pm EST for an online discussion with Pip Day and Dalaeja Foreman, moderated by Irmgard Emmelhainz.
Ethnography in the 21st century has delivered images of vanishing populations made redundant or communities self-destroying, appearing as the collateral damage of the globalization of modernity. Ethnography today, moreover, only makes sense ethically and politically as autoethnography or as ethnographic fiction, as opposed to the ethnographer-as-subject delivering his or her point of view in relationship to an alien community. The works in this program draw a constellation of the contemporary discourses we are working with to frame the remnants of colonial alterity: decolonization as restitution, the unresolved contradictions of class and race polarization, human rights as an apparatus to deal with mass political and climate refugees, and empathy as the emotion that will fix all these problems.
The discussion accompanies the films in “Frames for Alterity (Ethnography, Human Rights, Class, and Race),” the fourth and final program of the series Me, You, and Everyone We Know: Interrelationality, Alterity, Globalization, curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The series concludes with a repeat of all films from parts one through four on August 18.
Watch the films and read more about the series here.
Pip Day is a curator, writer, educator, and advisor based in Berlin and Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyaang/Montréal with a practice of long-term collaborative research, programming and change-making within cultural institutions. As Director/Curator at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art in Tiohtià:ke between 2012 and 2020, she instituted social-justice oriented programs and developed dozens of exhibitions, events, research, and collaborative actions including Sovereignty; Água Viva (after Clarice Lispector); and Colors: for 14 women’s voices (after Julius Eastman), among others. She has worked with artists, writers, and curators including Anna Boghiguian, Dana Michel, Ursula Johnson, Sepake Angiama, Jackie Wang, Zacharias Kunuk, Irmgard Emmelhainz, María Berríos, Pablo Lafuente, Suzanne Kite, Harun Farocki, Atelier Céladon, Layli Long Soldier, Maria Hupfield, Sarah Pierce, Rike Frank, Tania Bruguera, Pablo Sigg, Ashon Crawley, and many others. She was Co-Curator of the 2016 Santa Fe Biennial and recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Curatorial Research Fellowship for the project Spatial Practices in Revolution at Centro Tlatelolco, Mexico City (2011 to present). Pip founded the research organization el-instituto in Mexico City in 2008 and was founder and director of teratoma’s Residencias Internacionales en México (RIM) and Estudios Curatoriales, the first curatorial studies program in Latin America, both in 2002. Prior to that Pip was Curator at Artists Space in New York City. She has taught on curatorial and contemporary art postgraduate programs at Bard College and the Royal College among others. She was a Lecturer at Goldsmiths’ MFA in Curating. She has published and lectured extensively across Europe and the Americas.
Dalaeja Foreman is a community organizer, curator, first-generation Caribbean-American, and Brooklyn native. As a hood-intellectual, her work focuses on political education, social justice, community preservation, and empowerment. Pedagogy, identity, and representation are central to Dalaeja’s curatorial practice, with the goal of combating internalized misconceptions of oppressed people and legitimatizing resistance through direct action and cultural esteem. She is one of three founders of Black Folk NY, an aesthetic collective dedicated to uplifting, promoting, and protecting the individuality of the Black diaspora in culture through original collaborative projects.
Irmgard Emmelhainz is an independent translator, writer, researcher, and lecturer based in Mexico City. Her book Jean-Luc Godard’s Political Filmmaking was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2019. The translated expanded version of The Tyranny of Common Sense: Mexico’s Neoliberal Conversion is coming out this fall with SUNY Press, and so is Toxic Loves, Impossible Futures: Feminist Lives as Resistance (Vanderbilt). She is a member of the SNCA in Mexico (National System for Arts Creators).
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