CURRENT & FORTHCOMING PROJECTS
VIAD | 2019
Edouard Duval-Carrié, Memory Windows 2, 6, 9 & 10, 2017; Autoportrait en Arbre, 2018; Ogun Monté, 2018; Haut de Forme du Baron, 2018. Images © Edouard Duval-Carrié
IN MEMORIAM: COUZE VENN / CELEBRATING A LIFE’S WORK
IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT VIAD ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF COUZE VENN, WHOSE TEN-YEAR ASSOCIATION WITH THE CENTRE PROFOUNDLY INFLUENCED ITS RESEARCH CULTURE AND DIRECTION. AFTER A LONG AND COURAGEOUS STRUGGLE, COUZE WAS ADMITTED TO THE ROWCROFT HOSPICE IN TORQUAY (UK), WHERE HE DIED ON 13 MARCH 2019.
“On a personal level, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the mentoring role Couze played in my artistic and academic journey, and to acknowledge the fine thinker and humble, generous person that he was. Thank you Couze, your contributions will challenge and influence generations to come” Leora Farber, VIAD Director
“Couze Venn was an outstanding academic who published on a number of fields. One who had the temerity to think outside the frame, as After Capital, the title of his last book suggests. At the same time, he was also a person of great understanding and humility who always had time to positively encourage others. He was a wonderful friend, colleague and mentor to many. The spirit of his encounters and words will live on” Mike Featherstone (Click here read the full tribute in Theory, Culture & Society)
JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, AND DESPITE SERIOUS HEALTH STRUGGLES, COUZE VENN PUBLISHED AN OPINION PIECE IN OPEN DEMOCRACY. FROM WORKING CONDITIONS TO WELFARE POLICIES, FROM IMMIGRATION TO THE INTERNET, HE DEMONSTRATED (AND HISTORICALLY LOCATED) NEOLIBERALISM’S NORMALISED ECONOMY OF HOSTILITY AS A ZERO SUM GAME OF WINNERS AND LOSERS, WHOSE ONLY BENEFICIARIES ARE THE FAR RIGHT.
“Neoliberalism has promoted a self-centeredness that pushes Adam Smith-style individualism to an extreme, turning selfishness into a virtue, as Ayn Rand has done. It is a closed ontology since it does not admit the other, the stranger, into the circle of those towards whom we have a duty of responsibility and care. It thus completes capitalism as a zero-sum game of winners and ‘losers’”
Click HERE to read his Open Democracy piece
CSSJ / A LEGACY OF SCHOLARSHIP
BROWN UNIVERSITY RECENTLY CELEBRATED THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SLAVERY & JUSTICE (CSSJ). THE CENTER WAS FOUNDED IN 2012 BY VIAD VISITING PROFESSOR ANTHONY BOGUES (bio), FOLLOWING A COMMISSION INITIATED IN 2003 BY BROWN’S THEN PRESIDENT, RUTH J. SIMMONS, WHICH TASKED A STEERING COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE UNIVERSITY’S HISTORICAL ENTANGLEMENT WITH SLAVERY AND THE SLAVE TRADE. IN ADDITION TO THE WORK IT DOES WITHIN BROWN, THE CSSJ SUPPORTS A RANGE OF RESEARCH AND CURATORIAL PROJECTS FOCUSED ON HISTORIES OF RACIAL SLAVERY, ITS LEGACIES, AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE PRESENT. VIAD AND THE CSSJ WILL COLLABORATE THIS YEAR ON AN EXHIBITION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMME CURATED BY BOGUES AND FEATURING RENOWNED HAITIAN ARTIST EDOUARD DUVAL-CARRIÉ.
“The CSSJ is a center in the world … It does not just reside in the academic space. Sometimes the academy tends to be isolated from the world, but we are engaged with it. We have no other option, because the issues and questions we work on demand rigorous scholarship and are critical to the world we live in today.” Anthony Bogues, VIAD VP & CSSJ Founding Director.
“We are very proud of our work with CSSJ … We see it as essential to forge new relationships amongst museums and research institutions, as well as between public institutions and their audiences in order to make museums and universities into sites more relevant to addressing questions of repair, reckoning, reconciliation and justice.” Paul Gardullo, Director of the Center for the Study of Global Slavery
Click HERE for Gillian Kiley’s article on the CSSJ
PRIYA RAMRAKHA / THE LONG-AWAITED BOOK
WITH THE SUPPORT OF 386 KICKSTARTER BACKERS, SHRAVAN VIDYARTHI AND VIAD RA ERIN HANEY ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE PUBLICATION OF ‘PRIYA RAMRAKHA - A PHOTO BOOK FROM A FORGOTTEN ARCHIVE’. THE BOOKS WERE PRINTED IN HEIDELBERG, GERMANY, IN LATE OCTOBER AND BOUND SHORTLY AFTER THAT. THE FIRST COPIES TRAVELLED TO PARIS PHOTO IN NOVEMBER, AND THE BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE VIA AMAZON (link).
“From a long-hidden archive, rediscovered photos from one of Africa's most storied and influential photojournalists”
In October 2017 VIAD hosted the first comprehensive survey Ramrakha’s work. View exhibition details here.
AMOHELANG MOHAJANE / NEW CURATOR AT NWU GALLERY
VIAD IS THRILLED AT THE APPOINTMENT OF AMOHELANG MOHAJANE AS THE NEW CURATOR OF THE NWU GALLERY, NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY, POTCHEFSTROOM. AS VIAD’S 2018 CURATORIAL INTERN, AMOHELANG WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CENTRE’S PROGRAMMING. WE WISH HER ALL THE BEST IN THIS NEW AND WELL-DESERVED POSITION, AND LOOK FORWARD TO FUTURE COLLABORATIONS!
“The NWU Gallery (North West University) was established in 2002. This designated space, sharing a building with the main university library and NWU Archive in Potchefstroom, boasts climate controlled storage facilities and a large exhibition space for temporary exhibitions. It has seen over a hundred exhibitions since its launch, from esteemed local and international artists alike. It also houses the NWU Art Collection artworks not currently on loan”
‘DISCERNING PHOTOGRAPHY’S WHITE GAZE’
VIAD RA PROF JOHN EDWIN MASON RECENTLY TOOK TO TWITTER, CRITICISING THE PERPETUATION OF THE WHITE GAZE IN THE TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT COMPETITION (ITS MOST RECENT WINNER WAS THE MUCH-CRITICISED SOUTH AFRICAN EX-PAT PHOTOGRAPHER ALICE MANN). ALTHOUGH PROMOTING ITSELF AS A LEADING INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION - “WHICH CELEBRATES AND PROMOTES THE VERY BEST IN CONTEMPORARY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY FROM AROUND THE WORLD” - THE DEMOGRAPHIC OF PAST WINNERS SPEAKS TO A PROBLEMATIC ETHNOGRAPHIC LEGACY IN WHICH WHITE ARTISTS BENEFIT FROM THE AESTHETIC COMMODIFICATION OF BLACK AND BROWN BODIES. HYPERALLERGIC PICKED UP ON THE STORY AND INTERVIEWED PROF MASON:
“So, let me get this straight … ” he wrote. “All four prize winners in this year’s Taylor Wessing competition are portraits of black or brown people made by white photographers. That’s f_cked up.”
“I’m by no means saying that white photographers can’t make portraits that challenge the white supremacist gaze. Some have and some do,” he said. “But photographers of color, by and large, are more likely to make images that subvert the white gaze. They do it by creating images that are rooted in the particular historical experiences of black and brown peoples. They create, that is, new ways of seeing and of knowing.”
Click HERE for Jasmine Weber’s Hyperallergic’s article, Discerning Photography’s White Gaze - The three top winners of the prestigious Taylor Wessing Prize depict people of color, photographed by white photographers.
NYU BOOK LAUNCH / CHERYL FINLEY'S 'COMMITTED TO MEMORY'
CORNELL UNIVERSITY ART HISTORIAN & VIAD RA PROF CHERYL FINLEY'S NEW PUBLICATION - COMMITTED TO MEMORY. THE ART OF THE SLAVE SHIP ICON - WILL BE LAUNCHED AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ON THURSDAY THE 13TH SEPT. PRESENTING THIS REMARKABLE CONTRIBUTION, PROF FINLEY WILL BE IN CONVERSATION JENNIFER L. MORGAN, CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS-NYU.
"For me, what’s key is the icon’s longevity and its enduring presence in the minds of black artists and their allies, who’ve used the image to show offenses against human rights and violence against black people and black bodies..."
Click HERE for details on the launch
Click HERE for the recent Cornell Chronicle feature
GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND ART IN THE #MeToo ERA
VIAD RA PROF M. NEELIKA JAYAWARDANE WRITES ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ART INSTITUTIONS IN RELATION TO GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE PERPETRATED BY 'STAR' ARTISTS - CITING THE CURRENT CONTROVERSY AROUND SOUTH AFRICAN ARTIST MOHAU MODISAKENG.
Click HERE to read her Al Jazeera feature
"How we, as professionals in the art world, decide to react towards the violent people working in our field will have a significant impact. Individuals in influential positions and persons on boards are the guides of institutional policies - they reflect prevailing "norms" and belief systems of dominant cultural groups. And conversely, institutions shape our values and what we accept as "norms".”
View Prof. Neelika Jayawardane's bio
NEW BOOK PUBLICATIONS BY VIAD RAs
VIAD IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT NEW BOOK PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED AND/OR EDITED BY RESEARCH ASSOCIATES CHERYL FINLEY, KIMBERLY LAMM, NATHANIEL STERN, BRYAN TRABOLD AND COUZE VENN.
CHERYL FINLEY (bio)
/ Committed to Memory. The Art of the Slave Ship Icon (Princeton University Press - link)
KIMBERLY LAMM (bio)
/ Addressing the other woman. Textual correspondences in feminist art and writing (Manchester University Press - link)
NATHANIEL STERN (bio)
/ Ecological Aesthetics - artful tactics for humans, nature, and politics (Dartmouth College Press - link)
BRYAN TRABOLD (bio)
/ Rhetorics of Resistance. Opposition Journalism in Apartheid South Africa (University of Pittsburgh Press - link)
COUZE VENN (bio)
/ After Capital (Sage Publishing - link)