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Who writes the future?

Research profile seminar

An evening featuring presentations and discussions focusing on history writing and decolonizing and intersectional practices. With: Nkule Mabaso, Pablo Martinez, Aleksander Motturi and Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad from The White Pube.

Routinely diverse cultures and complex intersectional identities have been deliberately left out from history writing, but who now has access to formulate the future? Currently, factors such as race, gender and income are influencing this access shifting alongside the democratisation of cultural production through the internet. How can we think of creative writing and art production in relation to this process?

The motivation for any colonial movement can be connected to desires for the future. Liberation movements such as afrofuturism reappropriate notions of time and temporality, creating an image of the future for marginalized people which have actively been denied control of writing the future. This also entails a revealing of hidden histories, delving into already erased future histories.

The evening is arranged by Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg in collaboration with L'Internationale.

L'Internationale is a confederation of nine leading European art institutions, working together onvalues of difference and antagonism, solidarity and commonality. L'Internationale defends the critical imagination of art as a catalyst for concepts of the civic institution, citizenship and democracy.


Nkule Mabaso is an artist and curator who graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Cape Town in 2011 and received a Masters in Curating from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in 2014. She founded the Newcastle Creative Network in Kwazulu Natal in 2011, and has curated exhibitions and organised public talks in Switzerland, Malawi, Tanzania, the Netherlands and South Africa. Nkule has published articles and reviews in Field-Journal (field-journal.com), OnCurating (www.oncurating.org), Artthrob (www.artthrob.co.za), and Africanah (www.africanah.org) amongst other platforms. She is currently the Curator at the Michaelis Galleries at the University of Cape Town. Nkule is the co-curator (with Nomusa Makhubu) of the South African pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. www.nkulemabaso.com

Pablo Martinez. Educator and researcher. He has worked as head of programmes at the MACBA since 2016. He has been in charge of Education and Public Activities at the CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Madrid (2009-2016) and associate lecturer in the History of Contemporary Art at the Fine Arts faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid (2011-2015). He edits the et al. series of essays (MACBA-Arcàdia). His lines of research include educational work with the body, as well as research into the power of images to produce political subjectivity. He is editorial secretary of the academic research journal Re-visiones and a member of the research and action group on education, art and cultural practices Las Lindes. He has edited published publications including Arte actual. Lecturas para un espectador inquieto (Art today: readings for a concerned spectator, CA2M, 2011) and No sabíamos lo que hacíamos. Lecturas para una educación situada (We didn¿t know what we were doing: readings for a situated education, CA2M, 2016); he has curated exhibitions by Werker (2014) and Adelita Husni-Bey (2016).

Aleksander Motturi (b. 1970) is a Swedish writer and artistic director of Clandestino Institute where independent critical, educational and artistic programs such as Victims & Martyrs (curated for Göteborgs Konsthall), Creative Writing for Newcomers (led by Hassan Blasim in Arabic), The Right to Narrate (in relation to the Swedish writer¿s boycott of Gothenburg Book Faire 2017), The Fire Next Time (a multidisciplinary program inspired by James Baldwin¿s legendary essay) have been presented. After finishing a doctoral thesis in philosophy on Ludwig Wittgenstein¿s remarks on James G Frazer (Filosofi vid mörkrets hjärta¿ om Wittgenstein, Frazer och vildarna) he has written several novels (Diabetikern, Svindlarprästen, Broder, Onåbara), essays (Etnotism) and plays (Förvaret, Pappersgudar). He has also directed Thaumazein, an essay film based on an interview with the Ugandan-Sudanese refugee Peter Ekwiri who he first met in James Fort Prison in Accra, Ghana, 2003.

The White Pube is the collaborative practice of Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad under which they write criticism across thewhitepube.com and on Instagram and Twitter as @thewhitepube. Since its launch in October 2015, TWP have gained an international readership and an involved social media following due to their success in diversifying the identity of the art critic and empowering two writers as working class and a woman of colour. TWP write to demand artistic quality from practitioners and institutions, decolonise and democratise gallery audiences, and encourage subjective criticism as an accessible and relevant form of art writing.

Date: 5/21/2019

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Categories: Art

Organizer: Akademin Valand, Göteborgs universitet and L'internationale

Location: Gothenburg City Library, Götaplatsen 3, Gothenburg

Contact person: Rose Borthwick


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