White Page / Black Text
ABSTRACT / Reclaiming occupied space was one of the founding principles of groundbreaking art journals such as Third Text, ArtAsiaPacific and Bidoun. These journals created a space for the dissemination of critical art and ideas presented by international and diaspora artists who were largely absent from mainstream art journals. The art and histories presented within these publications grappled with complex ideas pertaining to post-colonialism and provided an intellectual forum for artists residing in spaces of multiplicity and difference. Positioned as alternative critical journals, these publications challenged a predominantly Euro-American perspective of geographies and visual culture. Mainstream art writing has subsequently over the last decade shifted gears in light of a “culture follows commerce” model that has extended over the art world, which now actively makes an effort to embrace art from existing and new emerging centers that were once deemed too peripheral to be reported and written about. Within the context of this particular symposium Sara Raza’s presentation White Page / Black Text critically explores cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism in the mainstream art press, focusing on ways in which art writing can challenge both physical and conceptual spaces of occupation through nuanced understandings of the global within a local context.
BIOGRAPHY / Sara Raza is the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa based at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Raza earned her MA in Art History and Theory and BA (hons) in English Literature and History of Art both from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Royal College of Art, London. She was most recently the winner of the 11th ArtTable New Leadership Award for women in the arts, previously she was awarded the Arts Council of England’s Emerging Curator’s Award. Raza has curated several international exhibitions and projects for biennials and festivals, including Collateral Events at the 55th Venice Biennale; Ergin Cavusoglu’s Middle Eastern debut exhibition at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai; the Central Asian Salon for the 6th Tashkent Biennial at the Art Gallery of Uzbekistan. Previously she was Curator of Public Programs at Tate Modern. Sara writes for numerous publications and is the longstanding desk editor for West and Central Asia of ArtAsiaPacific magazine. She is an artist adviser for ISCP in New York and the author of Punk Orientalism: Central Asia’s Contemporary Art Revolution, which will be published in 2018 by Black Dog Publishing, London.
Making Space, Place and Time Through Art Writing
Dylan Robinson, Jane Rendell, Helena Reckitt, Sara Raza, Susan Cahill
September 16, 2:30 – 4:20 PM
Engineered Air Theatre, 234 9 Avenue SW