Conversations | Extractive Legacies: Decolonial Perspectives — 12th Berlin Biennale

Conversations | Extractive Legacies: Decolonial Perspectives — 12th Berlin Biennale
Art Basel in Basel 2022, June 18

We have a negative impact on the planet every day, from our overuse of fossil fuels to our constant generation of waste. In the era of the Anthropocene, successive acts of colonialism have erased the memory of our relationships with the non-human. Yet repair is not about returning to a pristine pre-industrial past but remembering. It offers possibilities of healing in a world damaged by hyper-industrialization and profit-maximizing resource extraction. Artists and members of the artistic team of the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by the artist Kader Attia, reflect on what is at the end of a decolonizing process. How can we conceive and set the practice of a decolonial and ecological life in motion?

The Art Basel 2022 Conversations program is curated by Emily Butler.
Curated in collaboration with the 12th Berlin Biennale

‣ Imani Jacqueline Brown, researcher, activist, and artist, New Orleans
‣ Taloi Havini, interdisciplinary artist, Brisbane
‣ Đỗ Tường Linh, member of the artistic team of the 12th Berlin Biennale, independent curator, art researcher, and writer, Hanoi
‣ Moderator: Noam Segal, member of the artistic team of the 12th Berlin Biennale, independent curator and researcher, New York

‣ Imani Jacqueline Brown is an artist, activist, and researcher from New Orleans, based in London. Her work investigates the ‘continuum of extractivism’, which spans from settler-colonial genocide and slavery to fossil fuel production, gentrification, and police and corporate impunity. In exposing the layers of violence and resistance that comprise the foundations of US society, she opens up space to imagine a path to ecological reparations.

‣ Born in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Taloi Havini (Nakas/ Hakö tribe) is based in Brisbane, Australia. Knowledge – production, inheritance, mapping, and representation in relation to her homeland in Bougainville are core themes across her work. Havini is collected by Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), National Gallery of Victoria, KADIST and Queensland Art Gallery (QAGOMA). Major commissions and exhibitions include TBA21–Academy & Schmidt Ocean Institute, Ocean Space, Venice; Artspace, Sydney; Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Sharjah Biennial 13; 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane: The National, AGNSW, Sydney.

‣ Đỗ Tường Linh studied art history at the Vietnam University of Fine Art (formerly École Supérieure des Beaux Arts de l’Indochine) in Hanoi, Vietnam and Contemporary Arts of Asia and Africa at SOAS (University of London, UK). Her research concentrates on avant-garde and contemporary art in Vietnam post-1986, and the relation between Vietnam and post-socialist countries, as well as connections between Vietnam and Africa. She co-founded Six Space and curated for various spaces and projects such as VCCA – Vincom Center for Contemporary Arts, Asia-Art-Activism, La Colonie, Mơ Art Space, Hanoi Doclab, Nhà Sàn Collective etc.

‣ Dr. Noam Segal is an independent curator, educator, and scholar based in Brooklyn, NY. Her practice is focused on curating, contextualizing, and producing new media and performance. Segal’s work deals with the intersection of the digital, political, and social in contemporary art, as well as colonial legacies and the communal modalities they foster. Segal is currently working on the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (June 11 – September 18, 2022), and on a newly commissioned work for FRONT International 2022, Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. In 2020-2021, Segal was a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Department of Performance Studies. She is a faculty member at the Curatorial Studies department at SVA in NYC.
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