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IDEA 010: “They Failed to Remember Us”: Expanding Intersectional Feminisms

Rehana Zaman and Liverpool Black Women Filmmakers, <cite>How Does an Invisible Boy Disappear?</cite>, 2018. Video. Courtesy the artist.

IDEA 010: “They Failed to Remember Us”: Expanding Intersectional Feminisms

This spring ICA Miami hosts a daylong symposium on intersectional feminisms that seeks to present an expanded focus on Black, queer, and indigenous feminisms and on feminist practices inaugurated by such theorists as bell hooks, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Audre Lorde, Hortense Spillers, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. In times of global cultural regression and political backlash against social justice and especially women’s rights, the symposium seeks to explore different, interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate questions of race, gender, and colonialism as a way to add to a tool kit for urgent, systemic change in the realms of art, activism, and politics.

Installation view:
Installation view: "High on the Tide" at Campoli Presti, London/Paris. June 27 - September 15, 2018. Courtesy of Campoli Presti London/Paris.
Rehana Zaman, Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena, 2016
Rehana Zaman, Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena, 2016. HD video, 22 mins, color, stereo. Courtesy the artist.
Rehana Zaman and Liverpool Black Women Filmmakers, How Does an Invisible Boy Disappear?, 2018
Rehana Zaman and Liverpool Black Women Filmmakers, How Does an Invisible Boy Disappear?, 2018. Video. Courtesy the artist.

Dr. Maria del Guadalupe Davidson

2pm
Dr. Maria del Guadalupe Davidson is L.J. Semrod Presidential Professor of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor and Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and Co-Director of the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma. Her research areas include: black feminist theory, rhetorical theory and criticism, and Africana philosophical thought. In her most recent book Black Women, Agency, and the New Black Feminism (2017), she explores the conflict between traditional black feminists and younger black women on the question of agency. Her next book project is tentatively titled The Body Deviant: Kara Walker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Dr. Leece M. Lee-Oliver

3pm
Dr. Leece M. Lee-Oliver (Blackfeet/Choctaw/Wyandot/Cherokee) is a scholar and activist whose work is dedicated to understanding how American Indians, Indigenous peoples, and marginalized peoples experience and respond to national policies and societal beliefs that pose challenges to their sovereignty, safety, and security. Her teaching and writing reflect the transgressive political work of Red feminist and Third World liberation scholars. Leece’s book manuscript, Red Feminist Roots: American Indian Women, Coloniality, and the Liturgies of Death and Life, focuses on the phenomenon of American Indian women’s racialization during colonialism to consider how the trope of “the squaw” emerges and continues to impact American Indian women’s lives today. The aim of the book is to expose the long shadow cast by colonial racism and heteronormativity that leave American Indian women and girls highly vulnerable to state and societal violence even today. The book pays homage to the legacies of resistance in American Indian activism and shows how American Indian women draw on cultural traditions to navigate anti-“Indian” violence and promote and protect the lifeways of American Indians today. Leece is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and the Director of American Indian Studies at Fresno State University.

Rehana Zaman

4:45pm
Rehana Zaman is an artist based in London. She works predominantly with moving image and performance to examine how social dynamics are produced and performed. Her work speaks to the entanglement of personal experience and social life where intimacy is framed against the hostility of state legislation, surveillance and control. She was the recipient of a British Council research grant with Museo de Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2015), a Gasworks International Fellowship to Beirut (2013), and was a LUX Associate Artist (2012–13). Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, Kerala, India, Liverpool Biennial 2018, Liverpool, UK, Serpentine Projects, London, UK (2018); Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival (2018), CCA, Glasgow, UK (2018); and Material Art Fair IV, Mexico City, Mexico (2017). Her films and installations have been shown at Oberhausen Film Festival, ICA and Whitechapel, London and Bétonsalon Paris. In 2017 Zaman was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists.)

Cecilia Palmeiro

5:45
Cecilia Palmeiro is an activist, a writer, and a scholar. She received her MA and PhD from Princeton University -Department of Spanish and Portuguese (2009) and a repatriation postdoctoral degree from CONICET- University of Buenos Aires (2012). She is a professor of contemporary Latin American Cultural Studies and Gender Theory at New York University in Buenos Aires and at National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF). She has published the research books Desbunde y felicidad. De la cartonera a Perlongher (2011), Néstor Perlongher. Correspondencia (2016) and the novel Cat Power. La toma de la Tierra (2017). She is currently working on the Brazilian edition of Desbunde e felicidad. Da Cartonera a Perlongher (Rio de Janeiro, EDUERJ). Together with Fernanda Laguna, she is the curator of the live-archive, exhibition and book High on the Tide: Diary of a Feminist Revolution. She is a member of the Ni Una Menos collective.

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