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Rethinking categories of indigeneity and artistic practice I 
Convenors:
Giuliana Borea (Newcastle University)
Alex Ungprateeb Flynn (University of California, Los Angeles)
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Stream:
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Sessions:
Monday 29 March, 14:15-15:45 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

How does the practice of artists who self-identify as indigenous make us rethink categories of activism, indigeneity and artistic intentionality? This panel welcomes papers that consider approaches to human rights, migration, extractivism, urban place-making, decoloniality and ontology.

Long Abstract

Recent years have seen ever greater interest in the practice of artists who self-identify as indigenous. Reaching wider publics through internationalised frameworks of contemporary art, many such artists have become artistic and political points of reference, mobilising diverse agendas while re-addressing their own indigeneity. Processual work with artists requires a deep sense of responsibility: it is our contention that such engagements open up new possibilities and challenges for anthropologists and indigenous peoples to establish lasting and meaningful collaborations.Starting from perspectives put forward by artists in Latin America, this panel asks how artistic practice might allow us to rethink categories of indigeneity. Do indigenous artists challenge anthropological analyses that have perhaps overlooked vectors of class and mobility? How do such processes oblige us to rethink anthropological practice in terms of a responsible discussion on the tropos of "indigeneity" in the contemporary world, not only in terms of indigenous voices but also regarding bodies, practices and networks? How might a parallel anthropological/curatorial approach facilitate arenas of collaboration and the possibility to think beyond? We also consider how artistic practice touches on global questions: Does the practice of indigenous artists through the apparatus of contemporary art enable us to rethink categories of activism and artistic practice? To what extent can we interrogate the manner in which large institutions seek to work with 'indigenous art'? We welcome papers that consider approaches to human rights, migration, extractivism, urban place-making, decoloniality and ontology. How are indigenous artists approaching and mobilising these issues?

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