Marét Anne Sara, Pile ó Sapmi, 2017, curtain made of reindeer skulls and metal wire. Courtesy documenta 14.
Lecture: Towards a Practice of Decolonial Listening: Sounding the Margins with Candice Hopkins
Thursday, November 21, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
In the early 1970s composer R. Murray Schafer stated that "we have no earlids, we are condemned to listen." In the visual arts, we are so conditioned by our eyes that we forget about our ears. Yet, while we can't close our ears, it doesn't mean that we listen to everything that is being said. How can we practice a kind of listening that does not bring with it an intention of what we might want to hear? Through sound, activism and art, this lecture will consider how Indigenous peoples are responding to extraction economies and the climate crisis through the cultivation or refusal of different kinds of listening.
This event is presented as part of the President's Dream Colloquium.
Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer of Tlingit descent originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. She is Senior Curator of the Toronto Biennial of Art and co-curator of the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada. She was a part of the curatorial team for documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany and a co-curator of the major exhibitions Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years and the 2014 SITElines biennial, Unsettles Landscapes, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.