Symposium Autohistorias

26 May 2017 – 28 May 2017

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Free entrance upon registration (before May 16, 2017)
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Villa Vassilieff

Paris, France


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The Autohistorias symposium will be a moment of reflection regarding the role of arts
institutions in a world tormented by nationalist polarizations, a world shattered by new borders and debates on identity that further separate individuals from one another.


Autohistorias will convene about 40 professionals engaged in re-writing art history. We will elaborate collectively a new shared narrative, building on a multiplicity of artistic forums (art spaces, schools, collectives, or events) and individual itineraries, focusing on artists who navigated through several cultures and intellectual spheres over the 20th and 21st centuries.

Together, we will look into how institutions and museums can best embody this diversity, while developing research programs and working jointly with a variety of civil society actors. We will question the production, classification, and dissemination of heritage, archives, and museum collections. Experimenting with teaching and knowledge transmission, Autohistorias will shape a space amenable to inventing utopias and alternative ways of life.

Provisional pro­gram

Friday, May 26, 2017 (10am-6.30pm): Elaborating collectively a shared his­tory
With (among others): Anahi Alviso-Marino (political scientist), Antariksa (his­to­rian & co-founding member, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Andrey Egorov (Head of Research Department and Curator at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia), Kristine Khouri (inde­pen­dent researcher and writer based in Beirut, Lebanon), Inga Lace (curator, Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia), Franck Leibovici (poet, artist), Morad Montazami (adjunct research curator for the Middle East and North Africa, Tate Modern, supported by Iran Heritage Foundation, London, UK), Franck Ogou (archivist and super­visor, École du Patrimoine Africain, Porto-Novo, Benin), Michelle Wong (researcher, Asia Art Archive Hong-Kong), Nikita Yingqian Cai (chief curator Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China)...

Saturday, May 27, 2017 (10am-6.30pm): Subversions and insti­tu­tions
With (among others): Mathias Danbolt (art historian and theoretician), Neil Beloufa (artist),
Yann Chateigné (head and professor of the Visual Art depart­ment at HEAD–Genève, Switzerland), Gallien Déjean (curator, Treize, Paris, France), Koyo Kouoh (artistic director, founder of  RAW Material Company), Sarah Rifky (co-founder of Beirut and founder the International Ressource Center, Cairo, Egypt), Sumesh Sharma (co-foun­der, Clark House Iniative, Bombay, India)...

Sunday, May 28, 2017 (3pm-6.30pm): Alternative ped­a­gogies
With Eric Baudelaire (artist), Jean-François Boclé (artist), Marc Chebsun (journalist), Myriam Dao (artist), Véronique Decker (professors), Timothy Perkins (activist), Omar Slaouti (anti-racist activist) and many other (artists, professors, parents, educators, students and museum professionals).

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