Lecturer 2012-2015, 2019 - present

Jesal Kapadia is a Mumbai-born artist based in New York. Employing various mediums such as the book, the archive and the photograph, as well as experimental video, drawing, writing and performance, her work explores the potential forms of non-capitalist subjectivities. Her aesthetics and affections are drawn from an ethical praxis of being-in-common, tied to the cultivation of an awareness of art that is place-based, diversified, multiple, small-scale, collective and autonomous, generating affinity for time and space that is feminist and anti-colonial in nature.

 

More recently she has been engaged in organizing, living and thinking with different artists and communities of care (in particular the Platform for Feminist Research on Violence in New York, minima somatica, Casa Blu, Transversity at Casa Cafausica, Free Home University, And…And…And) that have come together to create autonomous and collective spaces and situations through which to refuse, dis-identify, empty-out, re-arrange, destitute, reclaim and re-enchant the capacity of art in creating new forms of life, especially in response to the political, economic and ecological catastrophes that we live in. Several self-organized encounters, alternate pedagogies workshops, conversations, films, texts, images, sounds, movements, interviews and ephemera, or what could also be imagined as living archives for building new knowledges and new sensibilities have emerged through these processes. Such practices of commoning, weaving the intelligence of friendship and affection in the connective fabric that allows for removing conscious and unconscious dynamics of patriarchy and capitalism from our bodies, has been central to these experiments.

 

From 2001-2015, Jesal co-edited the art section for Rethinking Marxism (a journal of economics, culture and society) as well as frequently organized with members of 16beaver group (an artist community and space in downtown New York that functioned as an open platform for discussion, critique and collaboration). An affiliate and teacher at the International Center for Photography NY, she has developed and taught a number of seminars and workshops in their General Studies/Creative Practices Program, as well as at The New School for Public Engagement and Cooper Union School of Art. Her lecture-performances and workshops have been hosted at several artist-organized contexts, the most recent ones being Sensibile Comune at the Gallerie Nazionale d’Arte Moderna Rome; Common Infra/ctions at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris; and the Summer School at Caffé Internazionale, Palermo. Her installations and videos have been presented at Anthology Film Archives, ICA Boston, Experimenta film festival in India, New Museum in New York, the Guangzhou Triennial in China, amongst several other venues.

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