Gallery Reflection #4
'Protesting identities' can mean both, 'identities that protest' and 'challenging (or protesting) identities'. The ambivalence in the phrasing is deliberate and refers to two aspects of the relation between identity politics and art. How are identities mobilised to protest inequalities and discrimination? But also how do identities become traps for issues like tokenism and essentialism? How can artistic projects explore the tension between the collective agency of identities on the one hand and their singularity and subjectivity on the other hand? And how does the 'protesting of identities', meaning both their capacity for dissent and the challenge against the reification of identities relate to issues of broader systemic transformations? Curator and author Natasha Ginwala, theatre scholar Azadeh Sharifi and anthropologist Jonas Tinius will discuss different artistic, curatorial, and scholarly positions on the multiple and complex relation between identity, collectivity, and protest.
ifa Gallery Berlin: "On Riots and Resistance"