As part of FUSE’s popular States of Postcoloniality series, the artists and writers in this issue explore decoloniality in aesthetic practice across the Americas and the Caribbean. Produced in partnership with the e-fagia organization.
Featuring: Berlin REED; Miguel ROJAS-SOTELO; Gordon Brent INGRAM; Heidi McKENZIE; the TRANSNATIONAL DECOLONIAL INSTITUTE; Naufus RAMÍREZ-FIGUEROA; David GARNEAU; Julie NAGAM; Kency CORNEJO; Leah DECTER and Carla TAUNTON; Gita HASHEMI, Tannis NIELSEN and Maryam TAGHAVI
It seems appropriate to preface any given interview with a caveat in the spirit of Magritte: This is not a spoken conversation. An interview is a translation from spoken to written word and ultimately must succeed in the latter form.
In keeping with FUSE’s tradition of covering the arts and their cultural context, this issue considers how a sense of place and location is now dominated by an all-consuming surge toward globalization. A dislocation of artists’ practices ensues from these conditions.
Let the fireworks begin! Donna Scott’s recent announcement of resignation from the Ontario Arts Council might yet be a good thing for the arts in Ontario. If Bronwyn Drainie’s recent criticism of Hal Jackman’s matching grants program is any indication, we might yet see a renewed public debate about the arts, a debate that moves beyond the immediate arts community.
This issue of FUSE critically engages a dialogue of the political. It asks us to think about artistic freedom and expression, the relationality of multicultural feminism and alteric moves in identity and representational strategies.
How do viewers respond to exhibition sights/sites?
For the individual writers featured in this issue, visual sights are sites of active knowledge-making with the potential for social and political change. In our feature essay “‘Take good care of it, it is my whole life’: Encounters with Charlotte Salomon’s address to the living,” Sharon Rosenberg discusses viewers’ encounters with the traveling exhibition Life? or Theatre?
A Film by Roz Owen & Jim Miller
Premiered at the 2011 Planet in Focus Festival (Toronto).
Film (72 minutes), 2011
Reviewed by Chris Gehman
Contributors: Harsha Walia, Syed Hussan, Max Haiven, Erin Konsmo & Louis Esme Cruz, Etienne Turpin, Kevin Smith & Clayton Thomas-Muller, Nasrin Himada w/ Red Channels, Haseeb Ahmed, Peter Morin, Chase Joynt & Alexis Mitchell, Linda Grussani, Natalie Kouri-Towe, Julian Jason Haladyn & Miriam Jordan, Nahed Mansour
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