The Decentering Machine

Hameed, Ayesha. 2022. 'The Decentering Machine'. In: Unmoored, Adrift, Ashore Symposium, Panel #3: The Decentering Machine. Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 19 - 21 May 2022. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Panel #3: The Decentering Machine
How do expanses of water, floods and reclaimed shorelines un-make fixed identities, challenge or redefine sovereignty and decolonize the map? A discussion of the oceanic as a decentering force represented in contemporary and community art practice.

Dr. Ayesha Hameed (Goldsmiths, University of London) will talk about two projects, the first, Black Atlantis that is winding down (2014-20) and a second Brown Atlantis which she started in 2020. Black Atlantis traces the afterlife of transatlantic slavery in the present, making connections to illegalised migration on the Mediterranean and how they relate to underwater ecologies below ships. Brown Atlantis extends this approach to explore the Indian ocean world, ecologies and histories of indentureship, looking at intertwined histories of black and brown bodies and tracing their afterlives in the present moment.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures



Event Location:

Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Date range:

19 - 21 May 2022

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Date Deposited:

22 Mar 2024 10:29

Last Modified:

22 Mar 2024 10:29


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