Thursday, March 18, 2021

Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld – Entangled Archives: Infrastructures for Sharing Unshared Colonial Histories

Artist Talk

The colonial archive, which Denmark removed from the US Virgin Islands in 1919, two years after Denmark sold the Danish West Indies to the United States, has been an agent of entanglement between histories (connecting the colonial experience across USVI, Ghana, Greenland, India, and Denmark-Norway), while at the same time it also disconnected the communities affected by colonialism and produced a radical cut between these communities and their creative expression. This talk will examine how the birth of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark, was deeply entangled with the colonial matrix of power, and how artists and cultural workers today engage in reparative critical practices in response to situations that are “beyond repair”. 

Dr. Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld is a visual artist and independent researcher. Working with video installation, performance, and text, Dirckinck-Holmfeld’s artistic practice is socially engaged with diverse communities to explore and develop “reparative critical practices”. Drawing on the work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Dirckinck-Holmfeld’s work explore the reparative critical practice as a communal, dense exploration of fragments, from (broken) histories into new assemblages, through the artistic and collective engagement with memory, affect and time. Dirckinck-Holmfeld was head of the Institute for Art, Writing and Research at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts until November 2020. 

This event is moderated by BCB Professor of Middle Eastern Studies Hanan Toukan.

Further events in the series:

March 2, 7:00 pm CET:
Sa’ed Atshan and Katharina Galor – The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis and Palestinians in Berlin
Moderated by Hanan Toukan

March 11, 6:00 pm CET:
Matthew Wilhelm Solomon  – Writing Migration, Displacement and Affective Landscapes*
Moderated by Marion Detjen

March 24, 10:45 am CET:
Caroline Patey – Sam Selvon: Creole London and the Relocation of Culture and Language
Moderated by Laura Scuriatti

March 25, 6:30 pm CET:
Amin Husain – Decolonize this place. "Training in the practice of freedom. The artist-as-organizer"
Moderated by Hanan Toukan

April 7, 7:00 pm CET:
Michael Rothberg – Multidirectional Memory and Postcolonial Studies in Contemporary Germany
Moderated by Marion Detjen

April 12, 2:00 pm CET:
Loren Landau – Visibilising Responsibility: Containment, Chronoscopy and Migrant Immoralities*
Moderated by Marion Detjen

April 14, 6:30 pm CET:
Simon Gikandi  – On Caribbean Modernism (Title TBC)
Moderated by Laura Scuriatti

April 26, 10:45 am 
Brendan McGeever – Crisis Britain: Race, Class and Migration after Brexit
Moderated by Frank Wolff

April 29, 12:30 pm
Amal Eqeiq – Of Borders and Limits in Latin America and the Middle East
Moderated by Hanan Toukan 

The event series takes place  within the framework of and is funded by the Mellon Cluster of Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education.

* Funded by the Open Society University Network

Contact information:  communications@berlin.bard.edu

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