Elizabeth A. Povinelli, The Inheritance

Elizabeth A. Povinelli, The Inheritance

Elizabeth A. Povinelli, The Inheritance

Admission starts at $5

February 23, 2022, 7–9:30pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room for a screening and conversation with anthropologist Elizabeth A. Povinelli, presenting her new animated video essay The Inheritance (80 minutes, 2021).

The Inheritance is a three-act video montage essay on inheritance as an accumulation of racial and settler dispossessions. Seeking to intervene in what Povinelli has called the current white counter-reformation of white nativism, The Inheritance pivots the ideas and affects of history, inheritance, and social identity against the sedimentations of white supremacy and settler colonialism through a retelling of the immigration stories told to the young Elizabeth Povinelli by her grandparents. Carol Devane has written that the “modes of identification and belonging in relation to Karezol/Carisolo create a tangled inheritance, but one that faded from social experience as the family became absorbed into the privileges of whiteness in the US, even as that assimilation was at times uneasy. The haunting and vivid story of this family offers an entrée for thinking critically about social location, place-based belonging, and the privileges and punishments therein.”

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Anthropology & Ethnography, Film, Colonialism & Imperialism, Race & Ethnicity
Family, Dispossession, History, Identity Politics

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. Her books include Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (2016), Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism (2011), and The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism (2002). She is also a founding member of the Karrabing Film Collective.

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