Thursday 01/13/22 1PM
Conversations · Exhibition-Related

Colonial Legacies: Spaces as Witness

Cover Image:

Tanya Lukin Linklater, An amplification through many minds, 2019 (still). Video, color, sound; 36:32 min. Courtesy the artist and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Presented at the culmination of the 2021 Triennial “Soft Water Hard Stone,” this panel will collectively consider the relationship between memory and creative practice. Moderated by Triennial co-curator Jamillah James, Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (ICA LA), this panel features exhibition artists Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho, Tanya Lukin Linklater, and catalogue contributor and poet Eunsong Kim who will discuss how their respective practices engage the act of witnessing across time and space, with particular attention to the legacies of colonialism.

About the Speakers

Jamillah James is Senior Curator at the ICA LA and the incoming Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago. James has held curatorial positions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, working in collaboration with Art + Practice; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Queens Museum, New York. She has curated major surveys of Nayland Blake and B. Wurtz; several thematic group exhibitions, including “The Inconstant World” (2021), “A Shape That Stands Up” (2016), and “sisters and brothers” (2014); and solo exhibitions of Lucas Blalock, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Alex Da Corte, rafa esparza, Ann Greene Kelly, Maryam Jafri, Stanya Kahn, Simone Leigh, and Harold Mendez, among others. James is the recipient of a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2021) and a VIA Art Foundation Curatorial Fellowship (2018). She has contributed to Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, The International Review of African American Art, and numerous exhibition catalogues, and regularly lectures on contemporary art, curating, and professional development for emerging artists.

Eunsong Kim is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University who lives and works in Boston. Kim’s practice spans poetry, translation, visual culture, and critical race and ethnic studies. She is the author of gospel of regicide (2017), and with Sung Gi Kim translated Kim Eon Hee’s poetic text Have You Been Feeling Blue These Days? (2019). Her academic book project in progress, The Politics of Collecting: Property and Race in Aesthetic Formation (under contract with Duke University Press) considers how legal notions of property become foundational to avant-garde and modern understandings of innovation in the arts. She is the recipient of the Ford Foundation Fellowship, a grant from the Andy Warhol Art Writers Program, and Yale’s Poynter Fellowship.

Amy Lien (b. 1987) and Enzo Camacho (b. 1985) are artists who work between Manila, New York, and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions of their work include “陰府 (Shady mansion),” Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (2018); “Her split body is a crack in our community (Bard),” Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2018); and “母抱淘宝子 / Mother Holding Taobao Child,” 47 Canal, New York, NY (2018). Their work has been shown in group exhibitions at 39th EVA International, Limerick (2021); the Drawing Center, New York (2020); Manifesta 13 (2020); the Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London (2019); the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2018); and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2017). They have been awarded a Fellowship at the Graduate School of the Universität der Künste, Berlin, beginning in October 2021.

Tanya Lukin Linklater (b. 1976) is an artist who lives and works in North Bay, Canada. Her upcoming solo exhibitions include a presentation at Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions of her work include “This moment an endurance to the end forever,” Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2020), and “Slay All Day,” ma ma, Toronto (2018). Her work has been included in group shows at the Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK (2021); Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ (2020); Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2020); Remai Modern, Saskatoon (2020); the 3rd Chicago Architecture Biennial (2019); Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston (2019); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (2019); Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA (2019); Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (2018); Under the Mango Tree—Sites of Learning for documenta 14 (2017); and Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg (2017).


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This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Support for the 2021 Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone,” can be viewed here.

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