OnCurating Issue 49: Decolonial Propositions is here

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Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Qash-Qash (2018), ICA Live Art Festival, UCT Hiddingh Campus
Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Qash-Qash (2018), ICA Live Art Festival, UCT Hiddingh Campus
  • Decolonial propositions centres around art institutions and art practices.
  • This anthology addresses the connections between artistic research and decolonial strategies in art practices.
  • In the section on art institutions particular attention is given to the transformation of art schools. 


OnCurating.org is an independent journal with focus on curating both on the web and in print. The publications are openly accessible on the website. It collaborates with different partner institutions.

Decolonial propositions is structured along two areas: art institutions and art practices. This anthology brings together contributions that address the connections between artistic research and decolonial strategies in art practices. In the section on art institutions particular attention is given to the transformation of art schools and the challenges of overcoming colonial institutional structures and their epistemological frameworks. The section on art practices highlights works by practitioners from various artforms who work directly with the specificities of their historical contexts, their geo-political situatedness and who expand aesthetic forms drawn from the immediacy of their intersectional positions.

OnCurating Issue 49: Decolonial Propositions is he
OnCurating Issue 49: Decolonial Propositions.

The contributions are based on two events (ArtSearch, March 2017 and Third Space Symposium, August 2017) that took place at an exceptionally volatile moment in South African higher education commencing with The Fees Must Fall movement which started in October 2015. The contributions are set against the backdrop of the legacies of racial privilege that have been sedimented in institutional structures and the growing urgency for transformation in art institutions and universities: its hiring practices, student recruitment, the curriculum, the recognition of art practices that acknowledge and accommodate different epistemologies and aesthetics.

This publication recognizes that in spite of the numerous challenges the space to support engaged dialogue remains possible and that “decolonization is not a mythical endeavour but it is ultimately a politics of recognition. It demands that aesthetics and the politics of practice dismantle singularities and the monolithic – it seeks out the nuances, the co-existence of contradictions and invites us to look, see and listen and to not deny the legacies of privilege borne from structures of power.” (Mistry and Mabaso, 2021)

With contributions by David Andrew, jackï job, Henri Kalama, Sharlene Khan, Unathi Kondile, Nobunye Levin, Nkule Mabaso, Nomusa Makhubu, Zen Marie, Miguel Marrengula, Bekele Mekonnen, Jyoti Mistry, Linda Makgabutlane, Bongani Mkhonza, Nduka Mntambo, Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Lindokuhle Nkosi, Jay Pather, Nwabisa Plaatjie, Ruth Sacks.

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