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Shifting the Centre: Anticolonial Ways of Seeing Exhibition Presented by International Curators Forum & iniva

Reading Group Shifting the Centre: Anticolonial Ways of Seeing – Reading Session One with Orsod Malik

20 Nov 2023
  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Date

    Monday 20 November 2023

  • Time


  • RSVP

    Free but booking required

  • Artists

    Orsod Malik

As part of our Shifting the Centre: Anticolonial Ways of Seeing exhibition, International Curators Forum (ICF) are hosting a Reading Group session at the Stuart Hall Library. This session aims to draw connections between what we read and our immediate political reality to think through what anticolonial ways of seeing may look like in practice. 

We invite you to bring in a single text, poem, quote, artwork, or excerpt which you associate with “Anticolonial Ways of Seeing” to share and discuss over two open and informal group discussions. If you would prefer not to bring your own text, we have included links to texts for attendees to help ground the discussion, and/or we encourage you to make use of the texts on display.

We hope the session can generate collective consideration of the ways in which critical texts can act as important analytical tools for addressing urgent political realities, such as the colonial systems impacting peoples living in places like Palestine and the Congo, through historical readings of revolutions like the ones that took place in Haiti and Grenada.

If you plan to bring your own texts, please email info@internationalcuratorsforum.org with the title so that it can potentially be added to Stuart Hall Library’s collection.

Supplementary Texts

Grenada Revisited: An Interim Report by Audre Lorde (1984)

Ronald Reagan Speech justifying US invasion of Lebanon and Grenada (1983)

All the Devils Are Here’ – How the Visual History of the Haitian Revolution Misrepresents Black Suffering and Death by Marlene L. Daut (2020)

This is an in-person event with limited spaces and registration is essential.


It is free to attend and everyone is welcome. If you have any access requirements or questions, please contact us in advance by emailing Beatriz Lobo (Curator) beatriz@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate.


Orsod Malik, International Curators Forum’s Curator and Digital Strategist, is a Sudanese curator, writer, content producer. He’s also the founder of Code__Switch, an archive dedicated to connecting anticolonial struggles and ideas across time and space. Orsod’s curatorial approach focuses on exploring cultural and political entanglements in a variety of visual and textual materials to explore shared histories. He serves as the Executive Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation and held the position of Archivist-in-Residence at the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) in 2021.

International Curators Forum (ICF) was founded by artists and curators in 2007 to offer a programme of commissions, exhibitions, projects, publications and events that respond to the material conditions and cultural contexts impacting creative practitioners today.

This projected is supported by Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Freelands Foundation.