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13 Sep
The Gallatin Galleries, 1 Washington Place
Sep 13, 2018 | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM


Seismography of Struggle Opening Reception and Discussion

Seismography of Struggle - Towards a Global History of Critical and Cultural Journals

Join us Thursday, September 13, at 5 pm for an opening reception and discussion of the Seismography of Struggle video and sound installation, with exhibition curator and Gallatin Global Fellow Zahia Rahmani and Gallatin Professor Todd Porterfield.

Seismography of Struggle brings to New York a kaleidoscope of non-European critical and cultural journals, including those from the African, Indian, Caribbean, Asian, and South American diaspora. A critical and cultural journal, is, through its hybridity, its mobility and its precarious existence, a pure object of colonial experience. By its nature, it is a laboratory of modernity. In the wake of revolutionary movements of the end of the 18th century and up to the watershed year of 1989, they were often born out of urgency and necessity. The populations of the territories who represent themselves in this sound and visual work experienced colonialism, slavery, Apartheid, and genocides. The show's montage of images and sounds, covers, texts, and portraits of foundational figures, as well as the key words and key discursive and graphic strategies for liberation, reverberate across the 800 images featured in Seismography of Struggle.

The exhibition runs from September 13 to October 10, 2018. The Seismography of Struggle exhibition is presented in partnership with The Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA), Paris. The project is the outcome of its long-term research program "Globalized Art History."