Study Group on Black Aesthetics

Ferreira da Silva, Denise; Hameed, Ayesha; Sharma, Ashwani; Sagar, Anjalika and Eshun, Kodwo. 2018. 'Study Group on Black Aesthetics'. In: In formation III. Institute for Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom 26 August 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Following her public talk on Saturday 25 August, scholar and artist Denise Ferreira da Silva will lead a study group on black aesthetics. This group will provide a focused setting to discuss some of the questions raised in her talk, and to share related ideas and practices. Ferreira da Silva will be joined by artists and scholars Ayesha Hameed, Ashwani Sharma, and Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of The Otolith Group, offering reflections and contributions.

Through her writing and artistic collaborations Ferreira da Silva has speculated on a ‘Feminist Poethics of Blackness,’ in doing so outlining existence ‘without the tools of universal reason,’ and beyond the global as the ‘ultimate ontic and ontological horizon of thinking.’ Her Poethical Readings, in collaboration with artist Valentina Desideri, experiment with reading tools from practices such as tarot, palmistry, political therapy and philosophy, aiming at expanding the horizon of interpretation and unsettling realities. Through such ‘poethical thinking’, she has sought to activate ‘blackness’s disruptive force’, to ‘tear the veil of transparency (even if briefly) and disclose what lies at the limits of justice.’

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Conference or Workshop Item (Panel)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures


26 August 2018Accepted
26 August 2018Published

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Institute for Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom

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26 August 2018

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09 Jan 2020 17:14

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09 Jan 2020 17:14


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