• Poster for the talk Art Activism on the Invisible by André Mesquita

    Poster for the talk Art Activism on the Invisible by André Mesquita

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TALK BY ANDRé MESQUITA: ART ACTIVISM ON THE INVISIBLE

15 February 2018

On Thursday 15 February, André Mesquita will give a talk hosted by ESCALA. He will share insights on his research into the articulations between contemporary art practice and political activism.

André Mesquita: Art Activism on the Invisible

In this talk, I’ll share insights on my research into the articulations between contemporary art practice and political activism. In different situations and social contexts, these practices shed light on issues such as state violence, as well as invisible geographies and the occupation of public spaces. I’ll approach the diversity of activist art tactics from an “extradisciplinary” point of view: that is, broaching how such actions cut across multiple fields of knowledge, activating new forms of doing, conceptual tools, and proposals, which are embedded in daily life, such as creative modes of protest, critical cartographies, urban interventions, among others. Taking as my point of departure the notion of the “public secret”, I’ll talk about actions by artists and social movements that work to make visible forgotten stories and to expose structures of control and power networks.

André Mesquita

André Mesquita is based in São Paulo and conducts research on the articulations between art, politics, and activism. He received his PhD in Social History from the University of São Paulo in the Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences with the thesis Mapas dissidentes: proposições sobre um mundo em crise (1960-2010). He is the author of the following books Insurgências poéticas: arte ativista e ação coletiva (Annablume/Fapesp, 2011), Esperar não é saber: arte entre o silêncio e a evidência (2015) – realized with funding from Bolsa Funarte de Estímulo à Produção em Artes Visuais 2014, and co-author of Desinventario: esquirlas de Tucumán Arde en el archivo de Graciela Carnevale (Ocho Libros, 2015). In 2014, Mesquita was the resident researcher at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Spain. As a member of the Red Conceptualismos del Sur (Southern Conceptualisms Network), he was one the curators of Perder la forma humana: una imagen sísmica de los años ochenta en América Latina (Museo Reina Sofía, 2012) and contributor to the accompanying exhibition publication. Also, he was the co-curator of the exhibition Politicization of Friendship (Moderna Galerija/Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, 2014). Currently, Mesquita investigates the theme of secrecy and its relationships with contemporary societies and artistic practices. He works at the Public Programs of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP).

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