13 September 2021
Sutapa Biswas, Kali, 1983-85, Video, projection, colour and sound (stereo). 36 minutes, 19 seconds; 25 minutes, 28 seconds. Photo © Tate. © Sutapa Biswas.
19 October (6-7.30pm), 26 October (6-7.30pm), 2 November (6-7.30pm), 9 November (2-3.30pm)
Apply to participate in an online reading group for undergraduate and MA level postgraduate students on the occasion of the exhibition Sutapa Biswas: Lumen.
To coincide with the artist Sutapa Biswas’ solo exhibition Lumen at Kettle’s Yard from 16 October 2021–30 January 2022, this is a student reading group, facilitated by Lola Olufemi and Alina Khakoo. It will meet four times to discuss questions that emerge from feminist and anti-racist artworks Biswas produced as a student at Leeds University in the early 1980s.
The first meeting will explore her performance and video work Kali, 1985 (accessioned by Tate Collections in 2017), which she devised to intervene in her department’s colonial infrastructure. The second session will explore diasporic memory and imagining, while the third will inquire into archive and testimony, including Biswas’ personal archive that will be hosted in the Edlis Neeson Research Space at Kettle’s Yard accompanying her show. Biswas will participate in these three sessions and be available for questions. At the final convening, the researcher, curator and writer Nydia Swaby will present a keynote performance lecture, after which students will present creative responses to our discussions.
This is a closed reading group for current undergraduates and MA level postgraduate students. There will be a set text each week which will take no longer than 1 hour to prepare. PDFs of readings and a private link to Biswas’ video work Kali will be provided in advance.
If you would like to participate, please write to Alina Khakoo firstname.lastname@example.org and Lola Olufemi email@example.com by 30 September 2021 with a paragraph about your interest in joining this reading group. You could touch on aspects of your own creative or activist practice, or your curiosity about the discussion topics: feminism, anti-colonialism, institutional intervention, displacement, memory, archive, testimony and performance.
The reading group will take place online on the following dates:
19 October 2021 (6-7.30pm)
26 October 2021 (6-7.30pm)
2 November 2021 (6-7.30pm)
9 November 2021 (2-3.30pm)
This project was initiated by Sutapa Biswas with Kettle’s Yard as part of the educational programme accompanying her exhibition. Thanks to Sutapa Biswas, Kettle’s Yard and to Manchester Metropolitan University for their support of this programme.