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Platform for discussion 008

How do we productively map the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between North Africa, the Middle East and the Global South?


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This research-based response marks the beginning of a collaborative project undertaken by Clare Davies and Nida Ghouse that considers histories of artistic production in relation to the concept of metanoia.

6 November 2014
Kurchi Dasgupta

Instead of focusing on the location of the 'MENA' in the context of the Global South, I will speak from the perspective of how such a location is of relevance to South Asia (which will be excusable, I hope, since 'MENA' is often compounded with 'SA' to form MENASA in the global political idiom).

6 November 2014
Pio Abad

The Cultural Centre of the Philippines opened to great political fanfare on 10 September 1969, with a ceremony that was graced by none less than California Governor Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy acting on the orders of President Nixon.

6 November 2014
Maryam Jafri

In a recent video work, Mouthfeel (2014) and a related lecture-performance titled Playlist (2014), I focused on symmetries between forms of aspirational consumption in the Global South.

6 November 2014
Embroiderers of Actuality

Embroiderers of Actuality is an action that aims to be a sensible provocation: a visual discussion about the position of women in the society.

6 November 2014
Jeannette Ehlers

The term 'Global South' is quite new to me – but since my practice is concerned with the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade and the impact colonialism has on today's power structures I find it obvious that the concept of the 'Global South' is of great relevance in my work.

6 November 2014
Farida El Gazzar

The group of paintings is inspired by 'momentary images' or more accurately frozen moments taken from the contemporary cityscape of Egypt, as well as from personal records; old photographs found in family albums. 

6 November 2014
Daria Kirsanova

In the years that followed the destruction of the Berlin Wall, which triggered the rise of post-colonial studies, the definition of the term 'the Global South' has changed dramatically.

6 November 2014
Anthony Gardner

Strategic though it may be, the binary of 'South' and 'North' is no less reductive than the stale binaries of yore: of 'East' and 'West', communist and capitalist, aesthetics and politics, the list goes on.

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