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Reading Workshop: Decolonial Practices, Indigeneity, and Pia Arke’s “Ethno-Aesthetics”


Interrogating the Archive: Shared Research Methodologies at the Intersection of Aesthetics and Authenticity

April 17, 2019, 12 p.m.
366 Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Along with a small but rich oeuvre of photography, performance and installation art, the Kalaaleq-Danish artist Pia Arke (1958–2007) left a manifesto of sorts entitled Ethno-Aesthetics (1995). This workshop, led by Jonah Gray, PhD Student, Visual Arts with Prof. Shaista Patel, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego, will re-read this short, allusive text in relation to some of its key sources to consider her critical recuperation of the notion of ethno-aesthetics as a mode of engagement for contemporary Indigenous artists.

Interrogating the Archive: Shared Research Methodologies at the Intersection of Aesthetics and Authenticity is a research project which addresses key methodological gaps in qualitative research practices. By focusing on forms of knowledge production in the archive, this interdisciplinary group seeks to develop entirely new shared research methodologies for tracing the lives of marginalized communities, ‘ethnographic’ objects, and unconventional artworks that are systematically subject to erasure by dominant cultural paradigms.

Registration (suggested) and readings at  interrogating.the.archive@gmail.com

INTERROGATING THE ARCHIVE
Interdisciplinary Chancellor’s Collaboratory
Visual Arts | Communication | Ethnic Studies
University of California, San Diego