ON THE EDGE OF VISIBILITY: AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Focused on Black and Indigenous women and non-binary artists, On the edge of visibility – An international Symposium will focus on photographic practices within three broad geographical zones: Latin American, the Caribbean, and the United States.
Scheduled for October 19th and 20th, the symposium is hosted by AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions; Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA); and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). On the edge of visibility offers a transcontinental approach and encompasses postcolonial, feminist, and queer perspectives. Topics discussed will consider the concerns and complexities of defining what it means to be a Black or Indigenous woman artist within different cultural settings. It also constitutes a reflection on past and current modes of knowledge creation.
Section One | Fractals of Invisibility
Questions the historical and structural reasons for the exclusion of Black and Indigenous women and non-binary artists from art historical narratives. It examines invisibility as an intersectional phenomenon rooted in colonial and contemporary history.
Section Two | Politics of Visibility
Examines what strategies are effective in gaining institutional recognition and achieving socio-political goals. This section simultaneously questions the creation and replication of stereotyped representations of these artists within the dominant discourse.
Section Three | Poetics of Opacity
Focuses on the notion of opacity, as theorized by philosopher and poet Edouard Glissant, understood as an impenetrable alterity that cannot be possessed, an epistemological notion that grants everyone the right to keep their psycho-cultural selves.