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LA COLONIE (SUD)

Inspired by La Colonie, set up by Kader Attia in Paris in 2016 as a space where ‘people can come together to share ideas, to debate issues, to share a drink or a meal’, ACCA invites a range of artists, academics and community activists to discuss ideas of cultural exchange, appropriation, and the tangled relationship between extra-Occidental cultures and the West in the wake of decolonisation and de-imperialisation. Convened by Nur Shkembi and Léuli Eshraghi, curator-researchers focused on questions of identity in relation to the dominant discourse, the afternoon will address a wide range of ideas in relation to Kader Attia’s work, including notions of ‘injury’, ‘repair’ and ‘reparation’, interrupted by conversations, food and artistic propositions.

Taking Kader Attia’s work Ghost, which originates in the figure of the artist’s mother in prayer, Hoda Afshar (Artist), Alia Gabres (Storyteller and Creative Producer) and Nur Shkembi will address the implications of the Western gaze upon the veiled woman and how it may be interrupted. Moderated by Léuli Eshraghi, together with Tes Do (Academic) and Lisa Hilli (Artist and Researcher) the second part of the afternoon will focus on aspects of de-colonisation and repair in the Pacific and Australian contexts.

These two panel discussions will be book ended by spoken word artist Abdul Hammoud and musician Timothy Johannessen focused on philosophical roots of Persian music and its instruments.

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