08/11/2017 (Wednesday) 6PM
in the exhibition space

The rebirth of global nationalisms

Participants: Imani Jacqueline Brown, Clara Ianni, Ewa Alicja Majewska


Alt-right as well as national movements have gained in recent years a strong and fairly stable position in global politics. A return to nationalism has already occurred; hence why the question of the cause of the revival of global nationalism is well-founded. One of the reasons may be disillusionment caused by the uneven and exploitative nature of global economic and cultural circulation. Marginalized and excluded groups have come together to find an antidote to the negative effects of such a state of affairs. As a result, isolationist tendencies, particularism and identity populism violently manifest themselves both in social and political life as well as express themselves discursively. This phenomenon affects both the semi-detached areas of the Global South, but also the hitherto centres Europe and the United States. One nation and one culture are the central elements of the nationalist turn. During the meeting, we shall discuss the phenomenon of taking over the discursive potential developed by the new humanities along with the entire rhetorical repertoire of social identity and social justice through nationalist movements. This unsettling phenomenon should not, however, cause a sense of helplessness. This is a good time to rethink the issues of emancipation and the contradictions that they may generate in order to effectively oppose nationalist rhetoric.

Invited to partake in the discussion:

Dr. Ewa Majewska feminist philosopher, art critic, activist. Since 2003, she has been a scholar (with breaks) of Gender Studies at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw; in the academic year 2007/8, she worked as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Philosophy in Szczecin. In 2003, she was a scholarship recipient at the Center for Women's Studies at the Université de Paris VIII; in the 2009/10 winter semester, she worked on a project concerning postcolonialism and color feminism within the Beatrice Bain Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley. For the 2010/2011 winter semester, she was invited by Gender Studies at the University of Orebro (Sweden) to work on a project concerning love in the feminist perspective. She studied philosophy, and occasionally romance as well as gender studies. Her doctoral dissertation regarded family in social philosophy, defended at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw in 2007, and was published as a book in 2009 under the title Feminizm jako filozofia społeczna. Szkice z teorii rodziny [Feminism as a Social Philosophy. Essays on a Theory of Family]. Majewska is the co-author and editor of the books Zniewolony Umysł 2. Neoliberalizm i jego krytycy [An Enslaved Mind 2. Neoliberalism and Its Critics] (2007, with Dr. Jan Sowa); Równa szkoła. Poradnik edukacji równościowej dla nauczycieli i nauczycielek [Equal School. Discrimination-Free Education. Manual for Teachers] (2007, with Ewa Rutkowska); Futuryzm Miast Przemysłowych [Futurism of Industrial Cities], (2007, with Kuba Szreder and Martin Kaltwasser); Raport o przemocy wobec kobiet w rodzinie i relacjach intymnych w Polsce [Report On Violence Against Women in the Family and Intimate Relationships in Poland] (Amnesty International, Poland, 2006). In 2004, together with Aleka Polis, she founded the artistic women's team Syreny TV; in 2006, she co-founded the association W stronę Dziewcząt [In the direction of Girls]. Since 2007, she has been participating in the initiative Index73 for the freedom of culture. Majewska is a non-believer, lives in Warsaw.

Imani Jacqueline Brown born in New Orleansartist, activist, and researcher who creates in order to expose the levels of oppression, injustice, resistance and refusal, which together constitute the cornerstone of our society. She believes that art can drive policy and orients her practice toward the ever-elusive flicker of justice on the horizon, knowing that our world cannot find balance until social, ecological, and economic reparations are won. Brown works as Director of Programs at Antenna (Gallery), New Orleans, and is a co-founder of Blights Out. She is a core member of the (movement) Occupy Museums, whose project, "Debtfair," was featured in the Whitney Biennial 2017 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her writing has been published in Pelican Bomb, Shelterforce Magazine and Printed Matter in the series Artist and Activists. Imani received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts and Anthropology from Columbia University in 2010.  

Clara Ianni in her work, the Brazilian artist examines the links between art, politics and ideology, analyzing the relationships between political action and artistic gesture. Using various media sculpture, installation, video and text she critically analyzes hegemonic historical discourses by examining their invisibility spheres through the exploration of memory and potential counternarrations as a space of political justice. Clara Ianni completed a BFA in Visual Arts at the Universidade de São Paulo. Her most important exhibitions are "Utopia/Distopia (2017), MAAT Lisbon, Portugal; Jakarta Biennale (2015); 31st São Paulo Biennale (2014); Yebisu Festival, Tokyo (2015); 19th Panorama VideoBrasil, 33. Panorama de Arte Brasileira, MAM São Paulo (2013); 12th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul (2011). Currently, the artist is a resident at Ujazdowski in Warsaw (2017).

Curators of discursive programme accompanying the exhibition "Gotong Royong. Things we do together" : Marianna Dobkowska and Konrad Schiller