30 Mar 2017
Research Network: Decolonial Aesthetics

Simmi Dullay and Oana PÔrvan in conversation, chaired by Gitanjali Pyndiah.

Part of the Research Network 'Virtualities' Programme for 2017.

6.30pm - 8.30pm
Stuart Hall Library


Gitanjali Pyndiah and Oana Pârvan 'Time-machine', Forging Folklore Disrupting Archives Exhibition, Constance Howard Gallery (2014). Video stills. Courtesy and © the artists.

The first Research Network event of the new ‘Virtualities' series is a conversation between South and diasporic women sharing their specific experiences and practices: Simmi Dullay's visual and intellectual practice embodied in Black Consciousness radical feminist praxis and Oana Pârvan's work around political theory and practice, chaired by Gitanjali Pyndiah, who brings her research on residues of colonisation in the postcolony to the exchange.

They will begin with their embodied stories, in relation to Stuart Hall's reflection on diasporic identities, in the way their cartographies of migration and being are fuelled by constant ‘transformation and difference'.

The discussion will focus on a decolonial aesthetics, that has been devalued by colonial and Eurocentric paradigms in academic discourses, such as oral practices (slangs, patois and non European languages), performance and theatre as activism, music and dance undermined as spiritual, folk or street, which informs an Aesthetic/Aesthesis, outside patriarchal and hegemonic modes of art production. They bring a South Feminist voice to the male dominated postcolonial field, drawing on the black, queer and indigenous works of Audre Lorde, Grada Kilomba, Maria Lugones, and Fannie Sosa, among others.


Gitanjali Pyndiah is a London based writer, interested in decolonial aesthetics and performative historiographies. Her present research looks at remaining colonial geographies and epistemologies in Mauritius, in parallel to creative practices in the Creole language, as forms of epistemic decolonisation.

Oana Pârvan is a Romanian practitioner working on post-revolutionary histories and passionate about grime and education.

Simmi Dullay is a London based Black consciousness visual and intellectual practitioner from South Africa and Denmark. She investigates exile using interdisciplinary methods based on visual methodologies, decolonial praxis, auto-ethnography and memory work. Her teaching (in various universities in South Africa) cover Critical theory, philosophy, and Sociology, Education, Social justice and Diversity, Art history and Visual arts, Decolonisation, Gender, Race and Exile.

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