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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

Ayesha Hameed

Oct 12 – Nov 17, 2021
Fall Semester 2021: Oceanic Archives

The Ocean as Archive considers other ways of reading the water: materially through oceanographic studies of watery depths and strata, and marine life therein; and temporally by considering the ocean as a speculative site, and as a space of residues. This module also explores alternate ways of reading this crisis: through non-western (Pacific Island) maritime epistemologies and myths, through discourses on migration (both contemporary and historical), through the mobilization of the image of water in critical theory, in literature, in music, and in art.

The workshops examine the site of the ocean not with the aim to systematically plumb its depths so to speak, but rather sees the ocean as a laboratory with which to examine multiple and often contradictory approaches when taking to the sea.

Schedule
  • The Ocean As Archive

    Mon, Nov 15, 2021
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Tue, Nov 16, 2021
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
About Ayesha Hameed

Ayesha Hameed explores the heritage of Black diasporas through the figure of the Atlantic Ocean. Her Afrofuturist approach combines performance, sound essays, videos, and lectures. Hameed examines the mnemonic power of these media—their capacity to transform the body into a body that remembers. The motifs of water, borders, and displacement, recurrent in her work, offer a reflection on migration stories and materialities, and, more broadly, on the relations between human beings and what they imagine as nature. Recent exhibitions include Liverpool Biennale (2021), Gothenburg Biennale (2019), Lubumbashi Biennale (2019), and Dakar Biennale (2018). She is co-editor of Futures and Fictions (Repeater 2017) and co-author of Visual Cultures as Time Travel (Sternberg/MIT 2021). She is currently Co-Programme Leader of the Ph.D. in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London.

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Semester
Oct 12 – Nov 17, 2021
Fall Semester 2021: Oceanic Archives