The Ocean as Archive

Hameed, Ayesha. 2022. 'The Ocean as Archive'. In: Artistic Activism and the Power of Collective Resistance. Vanderbilt University, United States 16 March 2022. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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In the spirit of Derek Walcott who helped us to understand that the sea is history, and Edward Kamau Brathwaite who observed that unity is submarine, this panel focuses on the significance of the ocean as a cultural archive that relates to the history of migration. From the Middle Passage to its contemporary parallel, witnessed in migration across treacherous seas to escape dire political, social, and economic circumstances, the ocean is indelibly weighted by history and the legacy of colonialism, as conveyed through artwork and scholarship by Isaac Julien, Ayesha Hameed, and Naiza Khan.


Isaac Julien, British artist and filmmaker, Distinguished Professor of Art, University of Southern California, Santa Cruz, CA

Ayesha Hameed,Artist, Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Naiza Khan,Artist working between Karachi and London, UK

Selene Wendt, (Moderator) 2022/23 EADJ Curator, Founder, The Global Art Project

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Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)

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Visual Cultures


16 March 2022Completed

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Vanderbilt University, United States

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16 March 2022

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22 Mar 2024 10:55

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22 Mar 2024 10:55


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