How is racism perpetuated in the art world?
In the context of Deana Lawson’s exhibition Centropy, a workshop on the themes of Whiteness, privilege, and the recognition of one’s own racism will take place twice, on Monday, September 7 and Monday, September 14, 2020, at Kunsthalle Basel.
Led by Dshamilja Gosteli (a secondary school teacher and musician), Pascale Altenburger (a dancer, social anthropologist and theater scholar), Ivana Jović (Communications Institute Hyperwerk HGK FHNW) and Marianne Naeff (Coordination Kollektiv kritisches _weiss_-Sein Bern), we approach the central questions of critical Whiteness and practice anti-racism and self-reflection. The workshop aims to create understanding and awareness of privilege, to make each participant question their own position, and to develop options for action.
The workshop is open to people of all origins, ages, and genders, and the organizers are intent on creating a discrimination-free space. However, its organizers also understand well that such an event with an educational aim might expose ideas and attitudes that make it not a “safe space” for people of the global majority (Black people, People of Color, indigenous people, and others).
Participation is free of charge as a form of symbolic reparation by Kunsthalle Basel, which for too long has been a patriarchal art institution and still benefits from its colonial heritage as a White institution. Steps are being taken to recognize this and gradually change it.
The workshop takes place on two dates:
Monday, September 7, 2020, from 7 to 9:30 pm
Monday, September 14, 2020, from 7 to 9:30 pm
The event is conceived in German, English whisper translation is possible.
Wearing a mask is mandatory.