International Encounter at Tate Exchange
Organised by Latin Elephant
Co-organised by fundación cultural del banco central de Bolivia
Working disobedience from Latinamerica
How to work and be together to think alternative futures is one of the central questions of our time. Considering the political and social conditions faced by the communities in Latinamerica, where power has been performed and used through the activation of different processes and actions, thinking on those territories seems today a relevant point of departure to open up a discussion about new forms of under- standing and inhabiting the world.
Considering thinking, sensing and doing as three aspects of knowledge production, the encounter proposes a series of questions as starting points to activate discussions and critical analysis: How to activate a de/anti-colonial practice in Latinamerica? How to dislocate power structures taking Latina- merica thinking, sensing and doing as starting points? When and why de/anti-colonial projects become truncated? How to dislocate power rela- tions within the art system? How to propose new dynamics of power for the extended art field?
We would like to contribute to the discussion related to de/anti-colonial art practices in Latinamerica, looking at how the concept of decolonialism itself has become overused worldwide. Can we hold the decolonial project or do we need to overcome it with new concepts for disobedience?
This two-day encounter aims to bring together artists, researchers, activists and scholars to open up a discussion around colonialism and de/ anti-colonialism in Latinamerica, focusing on the different forms that power and knowledge production take in the region, considering thinking, narratives, practices and their counter approaches in an attempt for starting to visualise new forms of inhabiting the world.
We welcome individual and collective proposals for workshops, papers or experimental methods of participation from artists, practioners, activists and scholars working on the following fields:
Critical views on concepts such as anti/neo/ de-colonialism
Art practices in Latinamerica (including any form of art)
Critical enquiry into the definition of anti/neo/ de-colonial aesthetics
Revision of eurocentric aproaches to art history
Meanings of contemporary art
Intersectional art experiences
Workshop or paper proposal due:
20th January 2020
Final decisions on papers & workshops:
6th February 2020
Paper submission deadline:
6th May 2020
5th-6th June 2020
Proposals should be submitted via email to info (@)workingdisobedience.com
Please include the following:
Affiliation (not mandatory to be considered)
Short biography of no more than 200 words
Workshop, paper or experimental methods of participation proposals must have between 400 – 500 words, in English or Spanish.
Final papers must have between 3000-5000 words and can include images, but clearing copyrights is the authors’ responsibility. Visual essays/papers are welcome for publication.
* Selected papers will be published on the website of the event once it has happened.
Artist, visual anthropologist and curator. Cultural Manager in the Cultural Foundation of the Central Bank of Bolivia and Research Professor of the Institute of Anthropological and Archaeological Research of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. He was the curator of the Bolivian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale and also to the 2nd version of South American Biennial – Bienalsur. He is interested in indigenous representation policies and the crossings, links and tensions between anthropology and contemporary art.
Maria / Rosario Montero
Photo-based artist and researcher. PhD in Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths College). MFA (University of Chile), Master in Digital Anthropology (UCL). She works at Corporación Agencia de Borde. She is interrogating the intersection between art and anthropology by examining the representation of landscape, territory and identity. Her work has been shown internationally throughout publications and exhibitions.