Portretten tentoonstelling Fugitives
Portretten tentoonstelling Fugitives

Masterclass Kathryn Smith

dinsdag 23 april 2024, 10:15 - 18:00
Van koloniaal archief tot verhaal: Kritische Fabulatie als (Kunst)Historische Methode'.

De voertaal van deze masterclass is Engels

In the past decades, scholars of colonialism have come to acknowledge as well as challenge the limitations of colonial archives for studying the lives of colonised, enslaved, and marginalized people. How do we balance between recognizing colonial archival violence and destruction on the one hand, while trying to uncover, research, and acknowledge the lives of colonised people, using that same archive? In her groundbreaking work, Saidiya Hartman (2007) embraces this tension by emphasizing the need for an awareness of archival violence and limitations, as well as using an approach that goes beyond this, using imagination and narrative fiction in combination with history to re-present enslaved lives. Hartman’s proposed method of ‘critical fabulation’ urges historians to use artistic interventions in their historical research, writing histories “with and against the archive”.

In this masterclass, interdisciplinary professor in Visual Arts Kathryn Smith (Stellenbosch University) together with Dutch (PhD and ReMA) students will explore the potential of the intersection of art and historical research for re-presenting and re-imagining the lives of marginalized people living under colonial rule. Smith is specialized in forensic facial imagining, and her hybrid practice brings art and applied science together through twinned interests in re-mediation and the curatorial, directed at a critical interrogation of knowledge systems. She created the exhibition Fugitives together with her PhD student Pearl Mamathuba and historian Karl Bergemann. Together they combined the detailed physical descriptions in newspaper ads of fugitive slaves with forensic skills to bring to life enslaved who lived and laboured in the Cape Colony of the early 19th century. We are very pleased that this exhibit ‘Fugitive’ is currently on display at Radboud University, which offers Dutch junior and senior scholars to listen to a public lecture by Kathryn about her critically fabulated work for ‘Fugitive’ and the Sutherland Reburial project, and afterwards offer attendants a small guided tour to the exhibition on display at Radboud.

dinsdag 23 april 2024, 10:15 - 18:00
Kathryn Smith (Stellenbosch University)
MM 03.110

If you have any questions, please contact marie.keulen [at] ru.nl (marie[dot]keulen[at]ru[dot]nl) or dries.lyna [at] ru.nl (dries[dot]lyna[at]ru[dot]nl).