This year, 1-54 Forum has been curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, founders and editors-in-chief of Contemporary And (C&) and Contemporary And América Latina (C&AL) and takes place under the title, “I felt like a Black guy from New York trapped in Peru” (a quote from Afro-Peruvian graffiti artist Entes).
Over three afternoons, 1-54 Forum will be engaging with creative Afro-Latin American, Caribbean and African perspectives and asking questions such as, why is it important to bring together and discuss shared histories and experiences as well as the differences? How can cultural production be generated around these issues? What impact has visibility, or rather invisibility, had on Afro-Latin American creatives and their work within their respective scenes? How have the art scenes in the Caribbean positioned themselves within the growing “hype” around their historical and recent artistic production?
The full curatorial statement can be read here.
Please note, all talks are Zoom webinars and need to be registered for.
Thursday, 8 October
17:00 – 18:00
Keynote: What is ‘Latinx’?
The term “Latinx” is an update of traditional labels such as “Hispanic” or “Latin” which emerged around the mid-twentieth century to describe Latin American migrant communities in the USA. ALDEIDE DELGADO (independent Latinx curator and founding director of Women Photographers International Archive) talks about the implications and opportunities of the new expression.
Saturday, 10 October
12:00 – 13:00
Representation Beyond Representation
In this current moment that sees a rise of interest in Europe and North America towards Caribbean art scenes and art histories the panel asks questions around who is represented by who, where and how? What does this rising attention mean? How or does this even affect cultural producers from the Caribbean and its Diaspora? Speakers include CARYL IVRISSE CROCHEMAR (founding director of espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W), ALBERTA WHITTLE (Artist), RHEA STORR (artist) and moderator MAGNUS ELIAS ROSENGARTEN (writer and artist).