27 June 2018 7pm
The conversation between Tau Lewis and Katherine McKittrick will explore their relational archives – situated in black cultural production and black studies. McKittrick will explore and query Lewis’ work in relation to belonging, scavenging, retrieval; Lewis will explore and query McKittrick’s work in relation to black geographies, plantocratic enumerations, and black life. The discussion hopes to work through how racial belonging is tied to black interdisciplinary inventiveness.
Tau Lewis is a self-taught Jamaican-Canadian artist living and working in Toronto. Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions have been held at Frieze New York (2018); Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta (2018); and Jeffrey Stark, New York (2018); and 8-11 Gallery, Toronto (2017). Recent group exhibitions include Chapter Gallery, New York (2018); MoMA PS1, New York (2017); Art Gallery of Mississauga (2017); COOPER COLE Gallery, Toronto (2017); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2017); and New Museum, New York (2017). Lewis’ work is represented by COOPER COLE Gallery, Toronto.
Katherine McKittrick teaches at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her research is interdisciplinary attends to the links between black studies, theories of anti-colonialism and liberation, and creative texts. Katherine edited and contributed to the collection, Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis and authored Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle. Her forthcoming monograph, Dear Science and Other Stories, explores black methodologies.
This event is presented in conjunction with RAGGA NYC, as part of Mercer Union’s ongoing fORUM critical conversation series, including talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances at Mercer Union. Free as always.