Decolonial Futures is an exchange programme organised between the Sandberg Instituut, the Rietveld Academie and Framer Framed in Amsterdam as well as Funda Community College in Soweto, South Africa. The programme was inspired by the desire to work collectively towards a decolonial future in which an equal exchange of knowledges and perspectives from students working across the disciplines of art and design could be established. This year's programme is divided in two terms. Each term will focus on a specific project or thematic informed by some of the current efforts undertaken by counter-hegemonic movements and initiatives around the world. In other words, the projects — by the nature of the participants’ and their institutions’ endeavours and practices — will be centered around questions of decolonisation in the context of art and education.
10:00-17:00 @ Framer Framed
The third workshop of Decolonial Futures 2021-2022 invites Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, a curator, documentary film maker and professor of Comparative Literature and Modern art Culture and Media at Brown University.
Decolonial Futures, an extracurricular program organized by Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam in collaboration with Funda Community College, Soweto, presents a workshop with Aditi Jaganathan at:
Find below an Open Call from Decolonial Futures, which is an extracurricular program organized by Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam in collaboration with Funda Community College, Soweto.
We would like to invite you to apply to Decolonial Futures, a cultural exchange project organised between the Sandberg Instituut / the Rietveld Academie and Funda Community College in Soweto, South Africa.
We would like to invite you to take part in another instalment of Decolonial Futures, an extracurricular workshop programme around questions of decolonisation in the context of art and education.
The first open lecture of the Decolonial Futures programme will be given by curator and researcher Mi You. She will share her thoughts on economic colonization and de-colonization, the urgency of working with “indigenous” cultures and the power relations and symbolic values implicated in it. She will also draw on her curatorial and research experience in which she takes the Silk Road as a figuration for deep-time, deep-space, de-centralized and nomadic imageries.
Dorine van Meel and Ibrahim Cissé (Sandberg Instituut / Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam)
Simangaliso Sibiya and Phumzile Nombuso Twala (Funda Community College, Soweto)
To collectively work towards a decolonial future in which an equal exchange between knowledges and perspectives from art and design students working in both contexts will be established.
extracurricular programma with workshops, fieldtrips, exchange program during two academic years, three semesters
Students of Rietveld, Sandberg & Funda Community College
Decolonisation, Eurocentrism, canon Western art, exchange perspectives, exchange, future pedagogy, politics
10:00-17:00 @ Framer Framed
Join us on 3rd April for the symposium of Decolonial Futures Winter School! The hybrid symposium will take place simultaneously in Amsterdam at Framer Framed and in Soweto at the June 16 Interpretation Centre with performances, poetry interventions, lectures and a film screening that help us think through decoloniality in the context of art and education. The symposium will feature keynote lectures from activist, author and public writer, Françoise Verges and political activist, educator and organiser Zama Mthunzi and finish with a celebratory dinner together.
True decolonization is more than simply placing Indigenous or previously colonized people into positions held by colonizers. Decolonization includes the reevaluation of the political, social, economic and judicial structures themselves and the development, if appropriate, of new structures that can hold and house the values and aspirations of the colonized people.
– Poka Laenui in “Processes of Decolonization”
We will take the 5 stages of decolonization as proposed by Hawaiian human rights activist Poka Laenui as our starting point for the day. The author’s observations of stages that one tends to undergo during the decolonisation process have inspired ways of thinking around our own experiences as cultural producers, creatives and artists coming together in this moment. How do we remember and mourn? How do we dream and heal? How do we commit to action? These are some of the questions explored throughout the day’s programming.
The symposium will feature a keynote lecture from activist, author and public writer, Françoise Vergès, who will speak about the need to refuse the punitive obsession of the State and to work towards a horizon of revolutionary peace. A second keynote lecture will be given by political activist, educator and organiser Zama Mthunzi, who will speak about his experiences in post-apartheid social justice movements, including the 2015 #FeesMustFall protests and the organisation “Equal Education”. In Amsterdam we will end the symposium with an African dinner together to commemorate the Decolonial Futures Program so far.
The symposium is FREE and in ENGLISH but as we have limited space for food, please register for the dinner.
We are looking forward to welcoming you!
DIT (Do it together) is an opportunity to focus on projects, ideas, and reflections without an exhibition as the context. Learn more about the public programs brought together for the DIT project here.
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