Justice as Medium
13 June 2016, 19.00
Natasha Ginwala will present her ongoing curatorial and research process in conceiving Contour Biennale 8. Through artistic acts that challenge procedures of testimony, evidence production and witnessing; as well as the performative nature of the trial. The Great Council established in Mechelen during the fifteenth century stands as a historical reminder of a court architecture that first sought to address the European Lowlands through rational jurisprudence. We now face the limits of justice unravelling as a volatile crises of ethics within our collective present.
This talk is realised within the framework of Anthropocene Response, a series of guest lectures at Translocal Institute that provide a platform to consider changing paradigms of social, economic and cultural thought in the light of the awareness of ecological crisis.
Natasha Ginwala is a curator, researcher, and writer. She is curator of Contour Biennale 8 and curatorial advisor for documenta 14 (2017).
Recent projects include My East is Your Westfeaturing Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana at the 56th Venice Biennale; Still Against the Sky at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and Corruption...Everybody Knows with e-flux, New York within the framework of the SUPERCOMMUNITY project.
Ginwala was a member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán) and curated The Museum of Rhythm at Taipei Biennial 2012 (with Anselm Franke). From 2013–15 she led the multi-part curatorial project Landings presented at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, David Roberts Art Foundation, NGBK (as part of the Tagore, Pedagogy, and Contemporary Visual Cultures Network), the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and other partner organizations (with Vivian Ziherl). Ginwala writes on contemporary art and visual culture in various periodicals and has contributed to numerous publications.
Louis Henderson: All That Is Solid, 2014, film still, courtesy of the artist