Anti*Colonial Fantasies / Decolonial Strategies



Anti*Colonial Fantasies / Decolonial Strategies involved artists from different diasporas, students and lecturers of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, who occupy themselves with a critique of the consequences of colonialism –with a focus on Academia– and the imagination of alternative realities.
The project included an art exhibition, performances, workshops, talks, as well as a publication.

The start of the project was an open call for artistic positions that dealt with Gloria Anzaldua’s notion of borderlands and autohistoria. We sought to address and open questions in regards to: how colonialism in Austria impacts parts of our multiple subjectivities, how coming from histories of migrations is lived on a daily basis; the occupation of situated experiences at the borders as people of color; how structural othering manifests, the role of the educative institution in the colonial project and what has seeped through to the present time, what the curricula says about what is considered as valuable knowledge; and how to open these topics starting at the body and reclaiming other spiritual dimensions, emotions, and rituals.

With contributions by: Amoako Boafo, Sandra Monterroso, Imayna Caceres, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Stephanie Misa, Gerardo Montes de Oca,  Sophie Utikal, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Cana Bilir-Meier, Pêdra Costa, Daniela Ortiz, Sunanda Mesquita, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Tatiana Nascimento, Ezgi Erol, Firas Shehadeh, Hansel Sato, Rini Mitra, Mariel Rodríguez,  and
Eduardo Triviño Cely, Yuderkys Espinoza.

Curators: Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita, and Sophie Utikal.
Friday Exit, Vienna. 20th June 2016

The project has been presented in:

—Dunkle Energie. Feministisch Organisieren, Kollektiv Arbeiten.X SPACE / WE DEY Vienna
—University of Arts Linz
—University of Vienna
—Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
—Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
—T.I.C.T.A.C. Taller de Intervenciones Críticas Transfeministas Antirracistas Combativas, Barcelona
—Kritische Künstlerische Praxis – Semper Depot
—Anticolonial Fantasies / Decolonial Strategies. Ed. Zaglossus
—Curating as Antiracist Practice. Ed. De Gruyter