Mapping Memories of the Global South in Contemporary Art: Connecting Lines across Morocco by Sarah Dornhof
Art of the Global South(s) implies a redressing of geopolitical, national and cultural framings of space. By questioning tensions between such framings and the notion of the Global South, I interrogate artworks as a practice of mapping that subjects colonial, but also postcolonial cartographic gazes to a visual critique and aesthetic re-membering. Thereby historical makings of borders and segregations become an object of deconstruction and a matter of transformative memory. What is it about works of art that enable us to critically see and reimagine the lines that separate and hierarchize lands and human geographies? How can we understand and participate in a visual critique that leads to a remapping of territories through connecting memories? I take the notion of the Global South as a term that has unsettled colonial cartographies, but, as an abstract concept, also requires a nuanced analysis of perspectives and particular historical constellations in order not to risk reproducing an unmarked generalizing view on otherness. By interpreting works by Moroccan artists, I analyze different approaches of mapping as artistic forms of remembering and of interrogating the South in plural constellations and from diverse perspectives.
Sarah Dornhof is a postdoctoral researcher at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She received her Ph.D. in cultural studies and anthropology from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. Her current research examines contemporary art and cultural politics in Morocco in relation to questions of memory, heritage, and archives. Among her publications are Alternierende Blicke auf Islam und Europa: Verletzung als Rationalität visueller Politik (Fink, 2016); F(r)ictions of Art (coedited, Paragrana, vol. 25, no. 2, 2016); Situating Global Art: Topologies – Temporalities – Trajectories (coedited, transcript, 2018); and Contested Urban Spaces: Monuments, Traces, and Decentered Memories (coedited, Palgrave, 2022).
Sarah Dornhof will have a workshop for VC MA and postgraduate students on 23/05, 2-4pm.
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|18 May 2023||5:00pm - 7:00pm|
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