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Invited speaker at Construction of Memory Conference
‘Constructing Memory, Accepting the Political: Nomadic Routes in Cultural Production across Europe’
The reframing of the socio-political reality along with economic ‘transition’ from post-Socialism in ‘new’ European spaces have led to a strengthening of critical political discourse in contemporary art practice and cultural production, a discourse that constructs memory based on a re-mobilisation of feminist politics and the re-writing of multiple versions of histories. The presentation will draw on my research that examines new sites for the emergence of a critical episteme in cultural production born out of diasporic and nomadic experience, including migration, temporary re-location and/or an ‘exile’ from so-called ‘former East’ to so called ‘former West’, as well as a sense of being in-between. With an overarching desire to demonstrate the rich context and diverse cultural heritage of different parts of Europe, in particular, the region of post-Socialist Europe that also extends to Western Europe, the examples of artists’ works and curatorial projects will shed light on formation of histories that are situated in the ‘present of memory’ and their fragmentary nature, through diasporas in art production, theory development and showcasing. I will explain how such positionality can become a form of resistance, materialised in complex and diverse responses to Capitalism’s institutionalization and the proximity of the market to the art world.