Saturday 9 November 2019
The pivotal year of 1989 has become a coda of political turbulence and art history, marking an emergence of curatorial and programmatic interventions in the making of multiple histories. The 1989 Collective have investigated formations of events to understand how ideas permeate and are circulated between artistic agencies and solidarities across geographical spaces.
In association with The Courtauld Institute of Art, the 1989 Collective present 1989 – This is Tomorrow, a one-day international conference that brings, for the first time, curators, founders and artists into dialogue with art critics and historians from three seminal exhibitions organised and curated in three different geographic spaces: The Third Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba; The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain, Hayward Gallery, London; and In Visible Colours – An International Women of Colour and Third World Women Film/ Video Festival and Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, to offer an overarching account of an under-researched narrative.
The extraordinary and important accomplishments of these three events remain central to the de-centring of dominant art historical narratives of the late twentieth century. In addressing the contested notion of western modernity, 1989 Collective foreground the demands of decolonisation and de-canonisation by diasporic people of colour and indigenous people to ask, how are these art historical events meaningful acts in the current-day? How does the contribution transfer and/or appropriation of this discourse happen in the de-centring of dominant art historical narratives of the late twentieth century? These discussions help to throw light on the path forward as some of the central concerns of the 1980s have reappeared, albeit in a different form in the present times.
The 1989 Collective is composed of Dr Janice Cheddie, Jasmine Chohan, Shaheen Merali and Narendra Pachkhede.