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How to Change the World with Pigment
September 17, 5 pm
Theatre of Castello
“Considering some of the artistic and technical modes of painting Nalini Malani deploys, I will make a case for a concept of political art that surpasses the thematic in instead shows how art works to trigger affective response.”
A founder of ASCA, the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, Mieke Bal’s primary commitment is to develop meaningful interdisciplinary approaches to cultural artifacts. She is a cultural theorist, critic, video artist and occasional curator. She works in cultural analysis, literature and art, focusing on gender, migratory culture, psychoanalysis, and the critique of capitalism. Her 38 books include a trilogy on political art: Endless Andness(on abstraction), Thinking in Film (on video installation), both 2013,Of What One Cannot Speak(on sculpture, 2010). Her work comes together in A Mieke Bal Reader(2006).In 2016 appeared In Medias Res: Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays(Hatje Cantz), and in Spanish, Tiempos trastornados on the politics of visuality (AKAL). Her video projects of documentaries on migratory culture have been exhibited internationally, including in the Museum of the History of Saint Petersburg in 2011. After this she embarked on making “theoretical fictions”. A Long History of Madness argues for a more humane treatment of psychosis, and was exhibited internationally, including in a site-specific version,Saying It, in the Freud Museum in London. In Fall 2017 it was combined with Reasonable Doubt in Warsaw. Madame B, with Michelle Williams Gamaker, is widely exhibited, in 2017 in Museum Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, in the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela(2017-18), and combined with paintings by Edvard Munch in the Munch Museum in Oslo in a museum-wide exhibition she curated, accompanied by a book. It has also been exhibited in shorter versions, Cause & Effect (13 screens) and Precarity(5 screens). Her most recent film and installation, Reasonable Doubt, on René Descartes and Queen Kristina, explores the social and audio-visual aspects of the process of thinking (2016). The installation of that project has premiered in Kraków, and was shown in Amsterdam, Brisbane, Warsaw and Berlin, and in 2018 in two exhibition-specific installations in the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem.
Curated by Nalini Malani and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Thanks to Nicoletta Fiorucci for making this program possible