Practising Duets #1: Ranjana Thapalyal and Olivier Marboeuf

5 – 7.30pm

MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)

Join us for a conversation between Olivier Marboeuf and Dr Ranjana Thapalyal, two leading practitioners who will share their reflections on different ways of learning about art and decolonialism. The event will be chaired by Sophia Yadong Hao, Director and Principal Curator of Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, University of Dundee.

Practising Duets #1 is the first in a series of events organised by The Ignorant Art Schools Collective, a research group of the British Art Network (BAN). The collective’s researchers are Sophia Yadong Hao (Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee), Dr Edgar Schmitz (Goldsmiths, University of London), Dr Paul Stewart and Prof Sarah Perks (both Teesside University). The Ignorant Art Schools Collective explores intersections of alternative art pedagogy and new forms of collaborative curatorial agency.

British Art Network is a Subject Specialist Network supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with additional public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Dr Ranjana Thapalyal is an Indian born inter-disciplinary artist and writer. She lectured for many years at Glasgow School of Art and now works freelance. Her practice spans ceramics, painting, collaborative performance and critical writing. Research areas include materiality in art, cultural identity, and the metaphysical self in relation to all of these.  Of particular interest are concepts of self in South Asian and West African traditions, feminist readings of ancient philosophies of the global South, inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural pedagogy. Her book, Education as Mutual Translation, a Yoruba and Ancient Indian Interface for Pedagogy in the Creative Arts (Brill 2018) suggests that a more resilient original voice emerges from awareness of others than from individualism, and that genuine pedagogic exchange changes student, tutor, and the work of both.

Olivier Marboeuf is a writer, performer, independent curator, educator and film producer. Olivier founded the independent art centre Espace Khiasma, which he ran from 2004 to 2018, in Les Lilas on the outskirts of Paris, where he developed a creative programme addressing minority representation. He is a member of the cinema and performance collective ‘The Living and The Dead Ensemble,’ and produces films within Spectre Productions, a production company he founded in 2013 in Rennes (France). In 2022, Olivier published the collection of essays, Suites décoloniales: s’enfuir de la plantation (Decolonial Suites: Fleeing from the Plantation, DU COMMUN).

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5 October 2023


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