Monday, November 8 at 6pm
About the lecture:
The property relation of the enslaved included and exceeded that of chattel and real estate. Plantation mortgages exemplify the ways in which the value of people who were enslaved, the land they were forced to labor on, and the houses they were forced to maintain were mutually constitutive.
About the artist:
Cameron Rowland’s work centers on the material operations of racial capitalism that order everyday life. Rowland’s work relies on a materialist approach to the conditions of production over time that continue to structure both institutions of subjection and their refusal. The work is grounded in a critique of property, and the capacity for art to function as a medium of this critique. Rowland’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany; Établissement d’en face, Brussels; Kunsthalle Freiburg, Switzerland; Artists Space, New York and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York.
About the respondents:
Natalie Bell is curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, where she recently organized solo exhibitions of Leslie Thornton and Sreshta Rit Premnath, and is preparing solo exhibitions of Matthew Angelo Harrison, and Raymond Boisjoly.
Professor J. Yolande Daniels is an Associate Professor in Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research investigates how societal ideas of race and gender influence spatial relationships and the construction of objects and places.