Thinking from the South

Comparing Post-Colonial Histories and Diasporic Identities through Artistic Practices and Spaces

This series of talks and lectures intends to open up a comparative discussion on the ways in which artistic practices and spaces – most notably those whose programming is centred on anti-racist, feminist, diasporic and migratory politics – have been working towards an epistemic decolonization. With speakers from different generations, geographical contexts and professional backgrounds, the series will provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge and experiences on colonial, anti- and post-colonial histories and diasporic identities, and for looking into transnational and trans-disciplinary strategies of decolonization through artistic, curatorial, activist and academic practices. It departs from the premise that cultural production has a fundamental role to play in political, social and economic arenas.

Organized by Ana Balona de Oliveira in the framework of the research line Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art: Identities and Representation (CASt-IHA-FCSH-NOVA) and the project Visual Culture, Migration, Globalization and Decolonization (CITCOM-CEC-FLUL).

Ana Balona de Oliveira, Luanda, 2017

Ana Balona de Oliveira is a FCT Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Art History of the New University of Lisbon (IHA-FCSH-NOVA) and at the Centre for Comparative Studies of the University of Lisbon (CEC-FLUL). She has lectured in several institutions in the United Kingdom and Portugal, notably at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where she received her PhD in History of Art (Modern and Contemporary) with the thesis ‘Fort/Da: Unhomely and Hybrid Displacements in the Work of Ângela Ferreira, c. 1980-2008’, 2012. Her current research focusses on narratives of empire, anti- and post-colonialism, migration and globalization in contemporary art from ‘Lusophone’ countries and beyond. She co-coordinates the research line ‘Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art: Identities and Representation’ of the Contemporary Art Studies group (CASt-IHA-FCSH-NOVA) and is a member of the Direction Board of AIM – Association of Moving Image Researchers (Portugal). She has published articles in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (US), Third Text (UK), Mute (UK), /seconds (UK), Fillip (Canada), África(s) (Brazil), Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image (Portugal), Revista de História de Arte (Portugal), Revista Comunicação & Sociedade (Portugal), among others. She has contributed essays and interviews to exhibition catalogues (Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art, Walther Collection & Steidl, 2017; Ângela Ferreira: Underground Cinemas & Towering Radios, EGEAC-Galerias Municipais, 2016; Novo Banco Photo 2015, Museu Coleção Berardo, 2015, etc.) and other publications ((Re)Imagining African Independence: Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire, Peter Lang, 2017; Red Africa: Affective Communities and the Cold War, Black Dog Publishing, 2016; Edson Chagas: Found Not Taken, Kehrer Verlag, 2015, etc.). She has curated the solo exhibitions Ângela Ferreira: Underground Cinemas & Towering Radios (Galeria Av. da Índia, Lisbon, 2016) and Ângela Ferreira: Monuments in Reverse (Centro para os Assuntos de Arte e Arquitectura, Guimarães, 2015), and has co-curated the collective exhibition Ruy Duarte de Carvalho: A Delicate Zone of Commitment (Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon, 2015-2016), among others.



John Akomfrah in conversation with Manuela Ribeiro Sanches

November 9th, 2018 – 6:30 pm
Hangar – Artistic Research Centre, Lisbon


Talk with Sammy Baloji and Filip de Boeck

March 24th, 2018
6 pm – 8 pm
Hangar – Artistic Research Centre, Lisbon