Decolonial and sustainable art and art institutional practice by Icaro May 28, 2022 0 News, Post-Archive

Decolonial and sustainable art and art institutional practice

June 1st – 6 pm

Talk will be held in Portuguese


Looking beyond representational practice, Jan van Eyck Academy as a case model
The context of anthropogenic emissions reduction pushes the art institutional sector and art practitioners to rethink the model of representational art practice. Autonomy of practice and individualism should make way for a collaborative long term focus minded, targeted and solutions based way of thinking. Models of commonality or communality can possibly provide us a way forward. Putting the terms urgency and transition central to the tenet of art institutions I am asking the question, what does the act of representation mean in relation to the ecological crisis, a crisis demanding an active approach into inhabiting the world? Is there an ethics of representation that we should be taking into account when thinking about art institutional practice? We will be looking at the Jan van Eyck Academy as a case model and the struggle the institution is bearing in relation to the needed transition in times of ecological crisis.


Hicham Khalidi, Director Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht, the Netherlands

Hicham Khalidi is the director of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (NL), a Post-Academy for Art, Design and Reflection that offers residencies to international artists, designers –ranging from graphic, fashion, to food and social design–, writers, curators and architects. The Jan van Eyck Academie has committed itself to exploring the agency and roles of art, design, and other creative practices in relation to the climate crisis and its manifold effects. This institutional focus opens up a wide discourse and creates a framework that embraces a diversity of practices and allows for a multitude of voices.

Khalidi previously worked as an associate curator for Lafayette Anticipations in Paris, curated the ACT II group exhibition in the Beirut Sharjah Biennial in 2017, served as a cultural attaché to the Biennale of Sydney in 2016, and was chief curator of the Marrakesh Biennale in 2014.