Kobena Mercer - The Image in Migration

21 Luglio 2016

Renée Green, Film still Endless Dreams and Water Between, 2009
73 minutes, color, English
Renée Green, Film still Endless Dreams and Water Between, 2009
73 minutes, color, English

The Image in Migration
21 Luglio 2016

h 19, ingresso libero / free entrance

Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Sala conferenze
Villa Sucota, via per Cernobbio 19, Como

La migrazione genera un movimento tra elementi – che siano immagini, informazioni o persone - e crea dei network che connettono tempi e spazi diversi, attorno al mondo. Partendo dalle strutture migratorie nei lavori filmici di Renèe Green, la conferenza affronta, alla luce di storie afro-atlantiche di viaggi, esili ed esodi, le questioni emerse dalla diffusione d’installazioni cinematografiche, in spazi espositivi.

Kobena Mercer

Kobena Mercer è professore di Storia dell'Arte e Studi Afroamericani, presso l'Università di Yale. La sua ricerca esamina i profili di artisti inglesi contemporanei e moderni di colore, di origine afroamericana e carabica e il suo nuovo libro Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practice from 1980s, appena pubblicato da Duke University Press, include capitoli su John Akomfrah, Kerry James Marshall, Yinka Shonibare, Isaac Julien e Renée Green.
Oltre a studi monografici su Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien, Renée Green e Keith Piper, e anche studi storici di James Van Der Zee, Romare Bearden e Adrian Piper, è l’autore del libro Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies (1994). 
Kobena Mercer ha vinto nel 2006 l'edizione inaugurale del Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing ed è curatore della collana Annotating Art's Histories, pubblicata da MIT e INIVA, i cui titoli sono Cosmopolitan Modernisms (2005), Discrepant Abstraction (2006), Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures (2007) e Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers (2008).









The act of migration entails movement among elements – whether images, information, or people – which results in networks that connect multiple times and places across the globe. Examining such migratory structures in film-based work by Renée Green, this lecture also addresses questions raised by the proliferation of gallery-based film installations in light of Afro-Atlantic histories of travel, exile, and diaspora.

Kobena Mercer

Kobena Mercer is Professor in History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University. His research examines African American, Caribbean and Black British artists in modern and contemporary art and his new book is Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s, just published by Duke University Press, features chapters on John Akomfrah, Kerry James Marshall, Yinka Shonibare, Isaac Julien, and Renée Green. In addition to monographic studies on Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien, Renee Green, and Keith Piper, as well as historical studies of James VanDer Zee, Romare Bearden, and Adrian Piper, he is author of Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies (1994). Mercer is an inaugural recipient of the 2006 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, and is series editor of Annotating Art's Histories, co-published by MIT and INIVA, whose titles are Cosmopolitan Modernisms (2005), Discrepant Abstraction (2006), Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures (2007) and Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers (2008).