Decolonial Strategies: Anuradha Vikram, Michelle Dizon, and Việt Lê

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Decolonial Strategies: Anuradha Vikram, Michelle Dizon, and Việt Lê

By Art Practical Editors March 21, 2018

Notes, thoughts, and recordings from events organized by Art Practical.



"Decolonial Strategies" originally took place on February 10, 2018 at Other Books in Los Angeles. The conversation was prompted by the release of two new books: Decolonizing Culture by Anuradha Vikram and White Gaze by Michelle Dizon and Việt Lê. Both books question the way in which the visual world is shaped.

Anuradha Vikram’s Decolonizing Culture is a collection of seventeen essays that address questions of race and gender parity in contemporary art spaces. Written between 2013 and 2017, the book covers many of the controversial incidents that took place during that time at various art institutions, particularly in relationship to inclusivity. The book was released last fall and is published by Art Practical and Sming Sming Books.

Anuradha Vikram is a writer, curator, and educator. She is the Artistic Director at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. Her writing and research has been published in X-TRA, Daily Serving, KCET Artbound, among many others. She is a Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design, and a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association.

Michelle Dizon and Viet Le’s White Gaze is an artist book that uses an archive of National Geographic magazines primarily published between the mid-1950s and 60s. Through a process of poetic subtraction, Michelle works with the language as it exists on the original page to write a decolonial counterpoint to the Western-centric way of imaging, an thus, imagining the world. Viet uses these alterations as a starting point for further poetic exploration into the legacies of war and imperialism. White Gaze is published by at land's edge, Candor Arts, and Sming Sming Books.

Michelle Dizon is an artist, filmmaker, writer, theorist, and educator based in Los Angeles. Born in the United States as part of the Philippine diaspora, Michelle’s life experience has been shaped by the politics of migration across the Pacific Rim. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Center for Women’s Studies in Croatia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Philippines, Para/site Art Space in Hong Kong, the Queens Museum, LACMA, YBCA, among many others. She is the founder of at land’s edge, an autonomous pedagogical platform based in East and South LA that nurtures voices of cultural producers committed to social transformation. You can check out their work and programming on their site: atlandsedge.com.

Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. He is an Assistant Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. His writing has been published in many journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, American Quarterly, and Art Journal, and his work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Kellogg University Art Gallery in LA, H Gallery in Bangkok, and the Banff Center, the Hammer, and many others.

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This episode is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

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