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Stuart Hall Library Research Network 2017: Virtualities

Research Network: Carbon Rifts Audrey Samson & Fran Gallardo

28 Sep 2017

FRAUD in conversation with Shela Sheikh, addressing the idea of what it means to die under a neoliberal order.

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    Stephanie Moran

    Library and Information Manager


The artist duo, FRAUD, will lead a performance-led inquiry into the multiple layers of power and violence that flow through physical and cultural spaces.

‘Carbon Rifts’ investigates the genealogy of inner colonisation embedded in the collusion between carbon trading and industrial forestry, with a focus on the impacts on northern indigenous knowledge systems and traditional land and water uses. This programme is generously supported by the British Council, the Helsinki Artist International Programme, the Canada Art Council for the Arts, and Aalto University.



FRAUD is a duo (Audrey Samson & Fran Gallardo) of media and spatial practitioners. Within the umbrella of critical practices, or practice as critique they develop forms of art-led inquiry into the multiples scales of power and governmentability that flow through physical and cultural landscapes.  They have exhibited and performed at various arts organisations, such as the Victoria & Albert museum (UK), the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale (NL), Tabakalera Bilbao (Basque Country), Medialab Prado (SP), Arts Catalyst (UK) and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (DE), among others.

Shela Sheikh is a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, where she convenes the MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy and the Cultural Studies PhD programme. She is currently working on a multi-platform research project around colonialism, botany, and the politics of the soil. As part of this, she is co-editing, with Ros Gray, a special issue of Third Text titled “The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions” (January 2018).


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