Quinsy Gario in discussion with Galit Eilat and Erden Kosova.
Links to the performances by Quinsy Gario
- How to prepare for a hurricane pt 2 : vimeo.com/373364874
- Speaking of borders: youtu.be/Lg27HxZtH8c
Quinsy Gario is the artist behind Zwarte Piet is Racisme (2011–2012) and Action Image (2013-2014), the performance art work about the permit for the Amsterdam Sinterklaas parade that went all the way to the Dutch Supreme court. The works confronted the public perception about the racist figure and practice of Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), which survived to the modern times as a result of structural and institutional support on all levels in the Netherlands. Gario’s contribution will give an account of the aftermath of the campaign and delineate the specifics of historical escapism in the present-day Netherlands.
Quinsy Gario is a visual and performance artist from the Curaçao and St. Maarten, two islands in the Caribbean that share continued Dutch occupation. He is a Master of Artistic Research graduate from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, a 2017/2018 BAK Fellow, a board member of De Appel, a member of the artist collective Family Connection with members of his family and used to be a recurring participant of the Black Europe Body Politics biannual conference series. His recent writings were collected in the book, Roet in het Eten (Spanner in the Works).
From the series:
ART IN DARK TIMES
Curated by Erden Kosova and Galit Eilat
The current pandemic paralysis of world societies has changed the definition of the term of ‘‘crisis’’ irreversibly, reinforcing the sense of deepening tectonic changes in relation with the inner structuring of our contemporary societies and the destruction of nature under capitalism.
Yet, the appeal to the term of ‘‘crisis’’ decade has already escalated along with successive complications within the political sphere: the turbulence of state sovereignty, the unravelling of basic premises of secularisation by the hands of new and traditional ideological movements, the rise of historical revisionism erasing past crimes to open up for new ones, increasing appeal to misogyny, majoritarian politics and authoritarianism, catastrophic consequences of hyper-consumption and conversely, undeclared resurgence of human slavery.
The series of talks framed as ART IN DARK TIMES will try to trace the ways in which artistic and cultural practices (curatorial projects, academic texts, activist campaigns, video and films) have been responding to these antagonising complications. Relating to the specific conflicts of their own burdened geographies, the invited guests will examine the interconnected and global character of these shifting grounds. The program of the series was conceived last autumn and adapted recently to the current pandemic circumstances.
More about the program:
Gefördert durch den Bezirkskulturfonds des Bezirksamt Mitte in Berlin