Remco de Blaaij
Central Parallels
Canadian Centre for Architecture

As part of the Future Summit

Central Parallels

This talk starts with recent and still ongoing research, begun in 2012 after receiving the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean. Studying the political practices of women activists in the countries of Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Suriname, the talk gives insight into different ideas, which I am still developing. Considering the wealth of artistic practices in this region and the social context in which art is produced, one begins to discern how activist practices can turn into cultural practices. This talk reveals some of the mechanics at play in such a transformation. Rather than producing a list or map of artists’ names and works, geography is approached with imaginative and theoretical texts. One part of the talk considers the nature of the pirate, whereas another considers the possibility of a curatorial practice that takes place “in parallel” rather than as an alternative.


Remco de Blaaij is curator at Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Glasgow since October 2012. He previously worked at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he co-curated Picasso in Palestine. He also worked on the team of Be(com)ing Dutch, an elaborate two-year project at the Van Abbemuseum that dealt with residues of globalisation, national identity and immigration. In 2011, he concluded his research at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University with the publication ‘too little, too late’ on border practices of visual culture against the background of Suriname, South America. In 2013, he was recipient of the CPPC/ICI Travel Grant for Central America and the Caribbean.

23.11.2014 Summit
Centre Canadien d'Architecture

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