In a talk originally presented at the 2015 Munich conference for the “Show Me a World” project, scholar André Lepecki, drawing from postcolonial theory and critical black studies, puts forth a critique of the colonial tendencies within curatorial practice and the art system. Lepecki proposes decolonized curation as the imaginative affirmation of a wholly new collective sociability and finds a model for these relations in the notoriously “difficult to curate” art of Lygia Clark. As “wild things,” rather than objects of art, the works of Clark escape the colonized art system, offend curatorial reason, and question the assumed hierarchies of artists, objects, and subjects inherent within traditional curatorial practice.
André Lepecki; Decolonizing the Curatorial. Theater 1 February 2017; 47 (1): 101–115. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01610775-3710441
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