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Territories: Struggles and dreams

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Välkommen till ett evenemang som belyser och diskuterar kulturarv i förhållande till miljövåld, kamp om landrättighet, ursprungsbefolkningars identitet och feminism, med Paula Baeza Pailamilla, Michael Leung och Tiago Patatas, introduktion och samtal med Magnus Ericson och Emily Fahlén.

Genom tre presentationer och en konversation utforskas förhållandet mellan mark, territorier och kulturarv. Med utgångspunkt i olika sammanhang och praktiker kommer vi att diskutera förhållninssätt och metoder samt tillsammans reflektera kring föreställningar om kroppar, identitet, ursprung, kolonialism, extraktivism, återhämtande av territorier, minnesmärken och solidaritet.

Foto: Michael Leung.

Jackfruitskörd med Mrs. och Mr. Cheang, Wang Chau, 1 Augusti 2018.

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Territories: Struggles and dreams är ett evenemang inom projektet The Prism of the Past: An exchange on critical cultural heritage.


Territories: Struggles and dreams

Date: Thursday April 27, 2023
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Place: IASPIS/Konstnärsnämnden
Address: Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm, Sweden
Language: English
Free admission, no reservation needed

Welcome to an event highlighting and discussing cultural heritage in relation to environmental violence, land struggles and indigenous feminism, with Paula Baeza Pailamilla, Michael Leung and Tiago Patatas, and an introduction and conversation with Magnus Ericson and Emily Fahlén.

Through three presentations and a conversation, the relation between land, territories and cultural heritage will be explored. Starting from the different contexts and practices, we will discuss approaches and methodologies, as well reflect and think together around notions of bodies, identity, recognition, indigeneity, (de)colonialism, extractivism, forensic imagination, recovering territories, memorialization and solidarity.

Paula Baeza Pailamilla’s practice makes visible how the idea of territory and the recovery of its sovereignty in the Mapuche context are connected to the territory of the dream, a fundamental element for the Mapuche culture on a political, social and spiritual level. Through the audiovisual format and performance, Paula invites us to reflect on revitalization of ancestral knowledge and practices that are fundamental in these times. Michael Leung has been working with farmers and villagers in Hong Kong—through urban farming, co-organising jackfruit festivals, resisting village evictions, etc. His practice relates to understanding indigeneity, problematizing colonial policies and being in solidarity with those dispossessed by the government. Tiago Patatas’s practice makes use of evidentiary techniques to investigate environmental destruction and human rights violations. His individual and collaborative projects take multiple forms including installations, digital platforms, pedagogy, and evidence for legal cases, among others.

Territories: Struggles and dreams is an event within the project The Prism of the Past: An exchange on critical cultural heritage.

Photo: Felipe Kona

Wüfko, Paula Baeza Pailamilla.

Paula Baeza Pailamilla is a Mapuche artist who lives and works between Chile and Switzerland. Paula’s work explores the difference of cultural, political and economic colonization, from the perspective of being a native minority, and living in a territory that today is called Chile. The work can be seen as an aesthetic and conceptual crossing between gender, race and class; conditions that cross their body history, developing an anti-colonial search from a Mapuche gaze. Paula is also a part of the Mapuche collective Rangiñtulewfü since 2016, a collective where they work with the possibilities of an indigenous feminism and the champurria encourage. Since 2020 the collective has published the digital project Yene: magazine of art, thought and writings from Wallmapu and Abya Yala.

Michael Leung is an artist/designer, researcher and visiting lecturer based in Hong Kong. He was born in London and moved to Hong Kong thirteen years ago to complete a Masters in Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His projects range from collective agriculture projects such as The HK FARMers’ Almanac 2014–2015 to Pangkerchief, a collection of objects produced by Pang Jai fabric market in Sham Shui Po. His practice is situated in everyday life, affected by convivial encounters, and inspired by different autonomous spaces—some of which he shares with students, in zines and with(in) different social movements. His collective work has been shown in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Aarey forest in Mumbai (2018) and Art and Culture Outreach in Hong Kong (2022).

Tiago Patatas is a spatial practitioner and researcher based in Oporto, Portugal. His work investigates forms of environmental violence and its articulation with spatial politics. His recent practice tackles modalities of green extractivism, in particular the eruption of lithium mining frontiers, and nuclear imperialism, including the French pursuit for nuclearization and its destructive global expanses. Currently, he is invested in rehearsing tactics of solidarity, and exploring ways of sensing anew as approaches to environmental justice. His individual and collaborative practices take multiple forms including installations, web platforms, workshops, evidence for legal cases, among others. Tiago is currently a researcher at INTERPRT where he contributes to projects centred on environmental justice.

Telemetrics, Tiago Patatas 2022.

The Prism of the Past: An exchange on critical cultural heritage is a project and platform for exchange between artistic practitioners, researchers, historians and curators within the fields of craft, architecture, design, art and cultural production at large. The purpose is to establish connections and to develop exchange of competence, experience and knowledge around “critical cultural heritage”. The project develops through a series of online and physical meetings that started in 2022, aiming at, in various ways, to highlight and discuss examples of practice and theory. The Prism of the Past: An Exchange on Critical Cultural Heritage is initiated as a collaboration between Maria Lind, Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow and Magnus Ericson, Head of Applied Art at IASPIS.