Relating to In formation III’s considerations of collective care and attention to the elements of psychic life that intersect with cultural, historical and social constructions of subjectivity, Indonesian artist Khairani Barokka develops a new part in her Annah, Infinite series. The performance Annah: Nomenclature activates the installation in the Upper Galleries. A Q&A with the artist and Aditi Jaganathan follows the event.
The varied, remarkable histories of Annah, the subject of Paul Gauguin's Annah the Javanese (c. 1893–4) are riven with inconsistencies and assumptions about race, sexuality, disability, age, consent and ownership of this young woman's life and stories. This work is informed by a number of questions: who was Annah; what did she want; and how is her life indelibly intertwined with white supremacy, global heteropatriarchal systems as part of the art market and the lives of millions of women today?
Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, poet and artist in London whose work has been presented extensively in 13 countries. Barokka has received six residencies and multiple grants and award nominations: she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow for her masters and is a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change for arts practice and research. Okka is the writer, performer and producer of hearing-impaired accessible solo show, Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee. She is co-editor of HEAT: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology (Fixi Novo, 2016) and Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, 2017); author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis, 2017); and author of poetry collection Rope (Nine Arches, 2017). Her latest exhibition, Selected Annahs, is on now at SALTS Basel. She is a Visual Cultures PhD Researcher at Goldsmiths.
Aditi Jaganathan is a PhD candidate at Brunel, University of London. With an MSc in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from SOAS, she has worked with numerous Black and brown grassroots organisations to bring a holistic and nuanced approach to human rights advocacy and social justice. She currently teaches on the representations of race and gender in popular culture at Goldsmiths. Aditi’s work looks at the nexus between Black and brown cultural production in Britain, with a particular interest in creativity as decolonial praxis. Through her PhD, she explores the ways in which Black and brown creativity, audio-visual culture specifically, interrupts narratives of British coloniality, from the 1980s to the present.