Becoming Citizens: a conversation with Bisan Abu Eisheh and Ousman Noor

6 Jan 2018

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12:00 – 18:00

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As part of the Dreamed Native Ancestry [DNA] programme, this conversation between artist Bisan Abu Eisheh and barrister Ousman Noor explores mobility and migration seen simultaneously from affective, political and legal points of view.


While reflecting on how these dimensions affect journeys and attempts to cross borders, this dialogue unravels some urgent questions: what is the social and political agency of migration? And how can it go beyond bureaucratic and legal frameworks of visibility and representation? Can we understand migration through the lens of what Sandro Mezzadra refers to as ‘the gaze of autonomy’, which implies “looking at migratory movements and conflicts in terms that prioritise the subjective practices, the desires, the expectations, and the behaviours of migrants themselves.”

A performance by sound artists Dubmorphology will follow the talk (from approximately 4pm), during which visitors are free to come and go as they please.

The event forms part of Dreamed Native Ancestry (DNA), an installation and programme critically addressing and re-thinking contemporary issues around race, migration, biopolitics and culture, through an Afrofuturist science fiction narrative and deep history perspective.

This event is free and open to all, although we recommend reserving a place


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Bisan Abu Eisheh

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