TRACES Pop-up Events
Contentious Objects/Ashamed Subjects
Artistic research methods and strategies regarding images, objects, spaces, and events of contentious cultural heritages
18 January – 6 February 2019 | Galleria del Progetto, Politecnico di Milano, Milan
“La Orilla Infinita” (The Infinite Shore)
A Slideshow Lecture-performance by Ian Alan Paul
The work explores the entanglement of three contentious historic narratives on the Canary Islands brought together by the surrounding sea: The Spanish colonisation and genocide of the indigenous communities in the 15th century, the fascist coup that was initiated from the islands in 1936 while Francisco Franco was stationed there, and the mass arrival and drowning of migrants coming from West Africa in the present.
La Orilla Infinita
(The Infinite Shore)
This is the story of an infinite shore.
It is a story told through the oceanic accumulation of arrivals and drownings,
of ships and bodies afloat and adrift in the waters of the Atlantic, of turbulent
legacies and liquid inheritances circulating in the currents surrounding
an archipelago 100 kilometers off of the West Coast of Africa.
On the islands there is talk of fishing boats catching bodies, their skin bleached
white by the sun. Restaurant owners and fishing excursion organizers
worry that tourists will no longer want to eat fish that
have fed on the flesh of the drowned.
While mass graves from the civil war are mapped on the Spanish peninsula and
a Fascist monument on the beach is renamed but preserved, rumours float
off of tongues that anarchists, communists, and other antifascists
were kept on floating prisons or simply dumped in the sea.
This is the story of the ineradicability of resistance. It is the story of infinities
and indeterminacies, of the pasts’ capacity to come to matter anew,
inexhaustibly and in perpetuity.
Ian Alan Paul (b. 1984) is a transdisciplinary artist and theorist whose work examines instantiations of power and practices of resistance in global contexts. His projects are formally diverse, often making use of writing, photography, video, and code, and are informed by critical theory as well as contemporary communist and anarchist thought. Over the course of his life, Ian has lived, taught, and worked for extended periods in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Egypt, and Palestine. He received a PhD in Film and Digital Media Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2016 as well as a hybrid MFA/MA from SFAI in 2011. Ian is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and is Assistant Professor of Emerging Media in the Department of Art at Stony Brook University.
Hour and venue:
h. 18.00 | Galleria del Progetto, Politecnico di Milano, via Amperé, 2, Milano
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