WATCH: At the table with Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
In partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University, Artes Mundi presents the third episode of our At the table series with artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz.
The At the table series brings together the voices of the six Artes Mundi 9 shortlisted artists alongside those of international curators, artists, historians, thinkers and writers in a series of roundtable discussions centred on themes and ideas present in their work and the interwoven relationship between histories and practices, locally to internationally. The third of six episodes in the At the table series presents artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz in conversation with feminist anthropologist, poet, and performance artist, Dr Gina Athena Ulysse; Francis McKee, Director for Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; and curator, filmmaker, and Founder of the Black Film Festival Wales, Yvonne Connikie. Imagining we are sat around a table sharing a meal and exchanging ideas, this event is a chance to hear different concerns and perspectives while getting to know the artist and their work.
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist whose expanded moving image work is entangled with Boalian theater, experimental ethnography and feminist thought. She tends to work with non-actors, and incorporate improvisation into her process. Her recent work is on the sensorial unconscious of anti-colonial movements, and on everyday poetic work in the Caribbean. Recent solo exhibitions include: Gosila, Der Tank, Basel; Rodarán Cabezas in Espacio Odeon, That which identifies them, like the eye of the cyclops en Wester Front, A Universe of Fragile Mirrors, PAMM, Miami; Song Strategy Sign, New Museum; Recent group exhibitions include: Whitney Biennial 2017, NYC; Prospect 4, New Orleans; 8th Contour Biennale, Mechelen; Ce qui ne sert pas s’oublie,CAPC-Bordeaux. She has received the Herb Alpert Arts Award, she was 2016 USA Ford Fellow, and received a 2015 Creative Capital visual artist grant for a film-in-progress titled Verano de Mujeres.
Dr Gina Athena Ulysse is a Haitian-American feminist anthropologist, poet, and performance artist. An interdisciplinary methodologist, her research questions and art practice engage geopolitics, historical representations, and the dailiness of Black diasporic conditions. Her last book, Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD (2017), is a collection of photographs, poetry and performance texts. She is a full professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz, California. ginaathenaulysse.com
Francis McKee is a writer and curator working in Glasgow. From 2005 to 2008 he was Director of Glasgow International, and since 2006 he has been the Director for Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. He is a Lecturer and Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art, working on the development of open source ideologies, and has written on the work of artists such as Christine Borland, Ross Sinclair, Douglas Gordon, Simon Starling, Matthew Barney, Pipilotti Rist, Willie Doherty, Kathy Prendergast, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Ester Krumbachova. His most recent book is Even the Dead Rise Up (Book Works, 2017).
Yvonne Connikie is a programmer, curator, and filmmaker specialising in Black independent film. She was the Founder of the Black Film Festival Wales (2000-2008), Founding Member of the New Black Film Collective, and Assistant Curator for Black London Film Heritage. Connikie is a PhD candidate at the University of South Wales exploring the leisure activities of the Windrush Caribbeans in Butetown. She is part of the programming committee for the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival and is developing an experimental Windrush inspired film with the ‘Pitch Black’ project, created by Artes Mundi and the Museum of Wales. She continues to work with independent UK Filmmakers and Artists through her platform, Cinema Golau.