Sharjah Art Foundation

From 9 to 12 March 2023

Overview

MM2023 CONCEPT AND THEMES:

TITLE: THE POSTCOLONIAL CONSTELLATION: ART, CULTURE, POLITICS AFTER 1960:

Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual March Meeting (MM2023) runs from 9 to 12 March 2023, following close on the heels of the opening of Sharjah Biennial 15 (SB15) in February. Titled The Postcolonial Constellation: Art, Culture, Politics after 1960, the four-day-long programme will convene artists, curators, scholars, arts practitioners and students from around the world to discuss vital issues revolving around SB15’s overarching theme: Thinking Historically in the Present. MM2023 builds on the two previous iterations that were similarly conceived as part of the SB15 programming in relationship to the late Okwui Enwezor’s conception of the ‘Postcolonial Constellation’—Thinking Historically in the Present (MM2021) and The Afterlives of the Postcolonial (MM2022).

THEMES:

The Postcolonial Constellation: Art Politics, Culture after 1960 examines the forces that have shaped the production and reception of art across the world from 1960 to the present, thus reconfiguring the cartographies of global modernism and contemporary art. It will offer discursive space to explore artistic, political, and cultural positions traversing subalternity and self-determination, first nation and indigenous practices, creolization, hybridity and supranational formations, such as the Black Atlantic, diasporas, exile and statelessness. It will thus constitute a dynamic intersection of artistic, ideological and philosophical perspectives on decolonization—a field of scholarship originally developed within postcolonial studies.

Delineating a moment in which the notion of a consolidated nation-state is challenged by the remarkable resilience of individual, non-state and counter-institutional models of sovereignty, autonomy, identity, and subjectivity, The Postcolonial Constellation studies the global political, social, and economic systemic and structural shifts that characterized our world since the 1960s. It does so by revisiting and reanimating the archives and histories of this period; by examining contemporaneous artistic and political practices, theories and cultural production testifying to that time; and by presenting ideas, artists, artworks and critical theory that offer parallactic views of our convulsive world.

The Postcolonial Constellation reflects on the movements and interactions of artists, filmmakers, performers, thinkers, writers, philosophers, public intellectuals, activists, guerrilla movements and other societal actors within and beyond the limiting framework of the ‘sovereign nation-state’. To the extent that Postcolonial Constellation understands the global present as intimately tied to histories of the postcolonial, MM 2023 and the other platforms of SB15 constitute critical spaces for ‘thinking historically in the present’.

DATES: 9 – 12 March 2023