Time to Talk about Art: Maria Lind in conversation with Doug Ashford, Mary Walling Blackburn, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Emily Segal (K-HOLE)
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Time to Talk about Art: Maria Lind in conversation with Doug Ashford, Mary Walling Blackburn, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Emily Segal (K-HOLE)

Time to Talk about Art: Maria Lind in conversation with Doug Ashford, Mary Walling Blackburn, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Emily Segal (K-HOLE)
Date
April 8, 2015

Even within small-scale and self-determined art initiatives now, the quest for mere survival often translates into an exclusive focus on infrastructural issues—on resources, funding, and even endless expansion. When do we actually talk about art? About specific art works and projects? About what they do and how they are perceived? As corporate megastructures like the Vuitton Foundation and maxi-bureaucratic approaches within public organisations demand more and more of our attention, we seem to have half-forgotten art itself. Or has art actually become something else altogether in the meantime?

Over two evenings, Maria Lind sits down with Doug Ashford, Mary Walling Blackburn, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Emily Segal (K-HOLE), to talk about individual artworks or projects chosen by the artists in light of these changes. For instance, Naeem Mohaiemen will discuss Jean-Luc Godard’s 1976 film Ici et Ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere).

For further information, please contact magdalena [​at​] e-flux.com.

Subject
Art Market

Maria Lind is a curator, writer, and educator based in Stockholm and Berlin. She was the director of Stockholm’s Tensta konsthall 2011–18, the artistic director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale, the director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2008–10), and director of Iaspis in Stockholm (2005–07). She has taught widely since the early 1990s, including as professor of artistic research at the Art Academy in Oslo 2015–18, and is currently a lecturer at Konstfack’s CuratorLab.

Mary Walling Blackburn was born in Orange, California. Artist and writer Walling Blackburn’s work engages a wide spectrum of materials that probe and intensify the historic, ecological, and class-born brutalities of North American life. Publications include Quaestiones Perversas (Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, 2017) co-written with Beatriz E. Balanta, and a forthcoming book of collected writings (e-flux, 202+).

Naeem Mohaiemen studied at two schools run by imported leaders—New Tripoli in Libya with a Maltese headmaster, and St. Joseph in Bangladesh with Jesuit priests. Colonel Gaddafi explained Jamahiriya as a “state of the masses.” Perhaps the thirty medical families imported to run Okba Bin Nafa Air Force Hospital were part of those masses as well. The Gurji school was an experiment in socialist cohabitation; Egyptian, Jordanian, Bangladeshi, and Polish students together. The Arabic teacher was quick with his slaps, treating some as children of a lesser tongue. It was some kind of early lesson in realpolitik.

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