Arts Collaboratory

Ashkal Alwan

Posted on: Thursday 11 January 2018
TONIGHT | Make sure to attend the following public lectures at Ashkal Alwan as part of the Home Workspace Program 2017-18, starting 8 PM: ➡️ “Misguided Eyes," by Natascha Sadr Haghighian Starting from Nicholas of Cusa’s descriptions of absolute seeing in De Visione Dei (1453), a treatise written on the verge of the modern era, the talk takes a closer look at the “god trick” of an eye that sees everything from nowhere and where it operates in visual apparatuses and practices today. ➡️ ”Odarodle – an imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017," by Ashkan Sepahvand The exhibition “Odarodle – Sittengeschichte eines Naturmysteriums, 1535-2017” took place from July 21st to October 16th, 2017 at the Schwules Museum* in Berlin. The project engaged with the relevance, impact, and potential of displaying sexualit(ies) within contemporary cultural practices. Historically, identity-based liberation movements have concerned themselves with generating political visibility. What have some of these strategies been? How do attempts to “show” the particular manners, mores, and ways of certain kinds of peoples in order to represent them to a general public rely on established ethnographic methods? How does a critical apprehension of vision complicate the “politics of visibility”? Who is doing the looking and what are the risks of exposure? Ashkan Sepahvand, curator of the “Odarodle” exhibition, will present and contextualize some of the ideas behind the project.