Date: 30 January 2019, Wednesday
Drawing from a number of themes unpacked within the context of the exhibition “My Dear Friends”, the talk “The Fracture on the Beast’s Spine: Decolonial Research, Circulation and Connection” will continue reflecting on the colonial legacies of global imaginings by zooming-in into a specific history of canal infrastructure.
The talk will take a tremendous geographical jump onto the Americas, in order to give some insight into the histories of the Darien Isthmus – the first site of consideration which preceded the actual location of the Panama Canal. On the other hand, the talk will put emphasis on methodology to question the way we build genealogies and the context in which we think different historical objects should be placed in order to be grasped.
The talk will be in English.
Sofia Villena Araya is a Costa Rican artist, researcher, and independent curator based in London. Her upcoming projects include a curatorial collaboration with curator Marta Melia bringing varied performing artists and creative writers together, to be presented in March in London and a commission by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Costa Rica (MADC) to develop a research-based artistic installation at the museum in June 2019. She is also a part of the curatorial collective TopSoil, integrated by Amelie Wedel (Berlin) and Deniz Kirkali (Istanbul). She holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London.