Seen or not to be seen, 2014, Jumoke Sanwo

Keynote & Talk: "Let's talk about Dis-Othering"

A self-reflection on cultural identity

“Let’s talk about Dis-Othering” is a series of talks taking place in Graz, Linz, Vienna and St. Pölten. The discussions will revolve around the topic of cultural identity and contemporary practises of “Othering” in cultural institutions.
Artists, curators and representatives of cultural institutions will focus on the regional art scene and current processes of “Othering” and practices of “Dis-Othering”.

Podium: Ekaterina Degot (Director and Chief Curator steirischer herbst), Veronika Dreier (Chairlady Baodo), Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Writer), Samson Ogiamien (Sculptor and Visual Artist), Barbara Steiner (Head Kunsthaus Graz)
Moderation: Eva Reithofer-Haidacher

The first talk is organized in cooperation with <rotor> Centre for Contemporary Art in Graz.
Jumoke Sanwo from Lagos (Nigeria) will give a keynote about cultural practices and identity in Lagos, about the contemporary art scene and her artistic work as a photographer as well as a curator.

After the discussion a live-set will be presented by Sounds of Blackness [a collective of artists, activists, producers and djs based in Vienna celebrating cultural and ethnic diversity in Europe through visuals, sound & dance].

Keynote in English
Discussion German & English

19:00 Keynote – Jumoke Sanwo / Lagos
20:00 Talk– A self-reflection on cultural identity
22:00 Party – Sounds of Blackness (Postgarage Cafe)


This initiative is part of “Dis-Othering Beyond Afropolitan & other labels” a Creative Europe collaborative project on the necessary deconstruction of ‘othering’ practices in European cultural institutions. The project consists of an exhibition, symposia, a festival, talks and performances, a residency program, mapping research, and a website, all manifesting in 2018 and 2019 in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna and Warsaw.