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11-12, 14 Nov LONDON: The Dead Are Restless, They Speak!

Workshops and public discussions

with Francisco Carballo, Elvira Dyangani Ose,

Romeo Gongora, Anawana Haloba, Ros Gray

and Susanne Winterling

"Polarising and populist movements relying on "us vs them" and the "fear of the other" have been underway, a seismic activity shaking the liberal democratic principles of our Western megapolis. This week only, we have seen protests erupting from Barcelona to Beirut, to Hong Kong, to Chile and Haiti. In this explosive canvas of questions, lament and absence of tangible solutions, how do we rethink, break, build, and repair?"

The Dead Are Restless, They Speak! is the third episode of the Mini-Lab co-organised by Anawana Haloba (University of Bergen) and Romeo Gongora (Goldsmiths, University of London).

The Dead Are Restless, They Speak!, will bring together leading scholars, their public and practitioners to critically engage, through a workshop and a public conversation, with the writings of Frantz Fanon and Paulo Freire. Frantz Fanon once wrote that "literature increasingly involves itself in its only real task, which is to get society to reflect and mediate" and Paulo Freire envisioned social action as "a clear invitation to all who wish to participate in the reconstruction of society". In today's world where the politics of Brexit and Trump have become sounding gong our ears that our diseased with, how do Frantz Fanon and Paulo Freire's work evolve in their real task to mediate and to transform?

This programme is part of the Arts Research Centre In Cultural Diversities series and is funded by Goldsmiths' Mountain of Art Research (MARs) and Université du Québec à Montréal.


Workshops at Goldsmith's MARs Hub

43 Lewisham Way, Seminar room 5,

Goldsmiths, University of London

Monday 11 November

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Introduction to facilitators Anawana Haloba, Romeo Gongora, the guests Elvira Dyangani Ose, Susanne Winterling and participants.

Discussion about how to work with Frantz Fanon and Paulo Freire as artists and researchers?

Tuesday 12 November

10:00am – 12:00pm

Film screening of Sambizanga (1972) by dir. Sarah Maldororfollowed by a group discussion with an excerpt of Frantz Fanon and Paulo Freire

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Group discussion on Frantz Fanon and Paulo Freire

Selected research presentation by participants and closure of the Mini Lab 3

Public discussion at The Showroom 63 Penfold Street

W8 8PQ

Tuesday 12 November

6:00pm – 8:30pm Anawana Haloba and Romeo Gongora in conversation with The Showroom director Elvira Dyangani Ose to address ideas of collective learning and indigenous methodologies

Public discussion at Richard Hoggart building, room 137

Goldsmiths College

80 Lewisham Way

SE14 6NW

Thursday 14 November

6:00 - 8:00pm  

Discussion with Francisco Carballo (Goldsmiths), Ros Gray (Goldsmiths) and Susanne Winterling (Trondheim Academy of Fine Art). The event is free, but registration is required due to limited capacity. To register, please go here. (eventbrite link)


Francisco Carballo joined the Politics Department at Goldsmiths in 2012. Since 2014, he has held the position of Deputy Director of The Centre for Postcolonial Studies. His formal training is in sociology, political theory and cultural studies. He previously taught at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His current research addresses three different yet interconnected areas of inquiry: 1) Latin American politics from below (especially in Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico). 2) Decolonial and postcolonial theory. 3) Rough politics. This is understood as an effort to trace the murky contours that separate politics from lawlessness, political activism from sheer violence, and social bonds from criminal complicity in certain areas of the Global South.

Ros Gray is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Critical Studies in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. Her research currently has two main trajectories. The first explores networks, aesthetics and impact of militant filmmaking, particularly in relation to liberation struggles and revolutionary movements in Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso. This research informs her forthcoming monograph Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution: Anti-Colonialism, Independence and Internationalism in Filmmaking, 1968–1991 (James Currey, 2020). The second focuses on artistic interventions in the fields of soil care, cultivation and decolonial ecologies more broadly. Ros co-edited with Shela Sheikh a special issue of Third Text entitled 'The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions', and she is a member of the Critical Ecologies research stream. She is also on the Editorial Board of Third Text and she is a member of the Critical Ecologies research stream.

Elvira Dyangani Ose is Director of The Showroom, London. She is currently affiliated to the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths and the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada. Until November 2018, she will serve as Creative Time Senior Curator. Recently she was part of the curatorial team of the Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement 2016, and was curator of the eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, GIBCA 2015. Previously, Dyangani Ose served as Curator International Art at Tate Modern (2011 – 2014), Curator at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, as Artistic Director of Rencontres Picha, Lubumbashi Biennial (2013), and as Guest Curator of the triennial SUD, Salon Urbain de Douala (2010). Dyangani Ose has published and lectured on modern and contemporary African art and has contributed to art journals such as Nka and Atlántica.

Susanne Winterling is an artist and professor at Trondheim Academy of the Arts based and born in Rehau/Oberfranken.. Working across a variety of media including film, photography, sculpture and performance, Winterling is primarily known for her time-based installations which critically engage the representation of reality. Prevailing modernist concepts, power structures and hierarchical historiographies are captured and investigated in her work in the form of spatial constellations. With an emphasis on enhancing our perceptual and critical consciousness, Winterling undertakes affective and material-based research that highlights the subjective interaction between producers, viewers, materials and species in our ecology. Recent exhibitions include ICA Philadelphia, MIT List Center Boston, Contour Biennale, Empty Gallery HongKong, TBA21 Vienna, MoMa Dubrovnik, etc.

Anawana Haloba is PhD fellow with University of Bergen (KMD). She was educated at Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts in Lusaka, Zambia. Haloba completed her BA at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo 2006, graduate of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and an alumnus of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington DC. Haloba’s work has featured in both solo and group exhibitions, including, National Museum of African Arts Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA; the Rauma Biennale, Finland; ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe,Germany; Museum Berardo Collection, Lisbon, Portugal; la Biennale di Venezia, 2009; Sydney Biennale 2009, Australia; Manifesta 7, Bolzano, Italy, the Sharjah Biennial 08, 11 and edition 14, curated by Zoe Butt, UAE as well as the biennales in Sao Paulo (2016), Shanghai (2016) and Lyon (2017).

Romeo Gongora is an artist, professor of Critical Approaches to Cultural Diversities at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of Université du Québec à Montreal and PhD fellow in the Art Department at Goldsmiths, University of London (UK). Since 2008, he has conducted major collaborative arts projects that interact with the social sphere, integrating politics and pedagogy in the practice of performance. Gongora has shown his work at, amongst others, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Canada), HISK (Belgium), Centre of Art Torun (Poland), Centre Makan (Jordan) and Leonard&Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Canada).

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