The EMAF 2021 Talks programme examines what ‘possession’ and ‘being possessed’ means in and for the contemporary world, exploring their interrelation. Speakers discuss questions of property and control with regard to land, identity and information, while also looking into the power of beliefs, habits and dominant narratives. At the core of the programme lies the connection of today’s forms of extractivism and exploitation – be it natural resources, human power or data – to settler colonialism and racial capitalism. The talks refer to the links between fossil fuel economies and colonial plantations, technoheritage and cultural dispossession, contemporary hidden workforce and slavery, digital habits and collective trauma. Invited theorists, artists and activists address the enduring legacies of racism and toxicity, putting the emphasis on the ongoing fight of networks and ecologies of resistance. Paying attention to ancestral and contemporary technologies and cultural practices, the talks programme of EMAF 2021 underlines how different worlds still need to be acknowledged in order for this planet to be inhabited differently.
with the participation of: Nora Al-Badri, Lerato Shadi, Lorenzo Sandoval, Heather Davis, Regine Rapp, Ramon Amaro, Maya Indira Ganesh, Ariana Dongus, Tiara Roxanne, Imani Jacqueline Brown, Sria Chatterjee, Liam Young
Watch the talks at the EMAF YouTube channel