Praxis, Ruptures & New Forms: Discussing Racial Violence and Contemporary Art
Paper presented at The Arts of the Present (ASAP 9), Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Oakland, 2017
Praxis, Ruptures & New Forms: Discussing Racial Violence and Contemporary Art Organized and chaired by Eunsong Kim, with presenters Yelena Bailey, Jennifer Tamayo, Allia Griffin and Lisa Vinebaum
Responding to discussion questions: "What is contemporary art's relationship to racial and structural violence? Who does / does not have access to public spaces and to spaces where protest conversations implicating race, the arts and violence occur? How does access to classrooms and public spaces bear on our own artistic practices? What happens when artists are forced to retreat from public spaces, or choose to occupy them differently? How are artists working under, and against new limitations on movement and spatial crossings, and how are they also working across public and educational spaces such as the space of protest and the exhibition space?"
My presentation considered how contemporary art is inextricably complicit in predatory capitalism, white supremacy, and racial violence, while also being a means of resisting predatory capitalism, white supremacy, and racial violence. Examples from teaching and curriculum featured art projects by Gina Adams, Walking With Our Sisters, Lashawnda Crowe Storm, and Rachel Wallis / We Charge Genocide, together with campaigns by Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Tamms Year Ten, and Prison Neighborhood Art Project.