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Activating Archives Through Radical Methods

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WORKING GROUP: LONDON
AUTHORS: JANNA GRAHAM, EVAN IFEKOYA, RAISA KABIR, RUDY LOEWE AND RAJU RAGE

 

ABSTRACT

This Learning Unit is concerned with decolonising art educations, unlearning histories that replicate the colonial gaze, re-formatting our own art educations and a re-positioning of this canon by centring artists and cultural producers of colour. We are focused on histories of 1980s ‘Black Arts Movement’ in the United Kingdom and its impact on artists of colour and arts education in Britain.

We have developed this Learning Unit by negotiating institutional and hegemonic space using radical and collective methods to produce knowledge and practical resources such as toolkits / learning units for others to use. We have worked with historical archives relating to black British artists in history which we have ‘queeryed’ and ‘unarchived’ through intergenerational conversation in roundtables and workshops.

Our ongoing research centers on the legacies and archives of black British art in the UK through a queer, feminist and anti-colonial lens using archives and intergenerational dialogue in Collective Creativity closed and public events, creating a middle ground between lived experience, radical practice and theory.

 

DOWNLOAD THE LEARNING UNIT IN PDF (ENGLISH)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: CINEMA AND ANTI-RACISM PEDAGOGY - JUNE GIVANNI ARCHIVE

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE:  LOVE AND LUBRICATION IN THE ARCHIVE, INTERVIEW AJAMU AND TOPHER

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: SURVIVING ART SCHOOL. AN ARTIST OF COLOUR KIT

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We would very much appreciate your feedback. Please share with us in the comments below your experiences of working with this Learning Unit, as well as your thoughts, concerns and questions. The authors will do their best to get back to you and continue the conversation. Thank you!

 

VIDEOS

MAKING HISTORIES VISIBLE - AN INTERVIEW WITH LUBAINA HIMID BY EVAN IFEKOYA, RAISA KABIR AND
RAJU RAGE

 

QTIPOC HISTORIES - AN INTERVIEW WITH DOROTHEA SMARTT BY RUDY LOEWE

 

FOLLOW THE PATHS THIS LEARNING UNIT IS CONNECTED TO:

Working with images

Letterwriting

Critical Pedagogy and its critiques

Archival Activism

 


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