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Panel Discussion: Photography, Colonialism and the Politics of Planting

Panel discussion exploring the act of gardening as a tool for the assertion of power, control and identity.

Taking leave from the works in Corinne Silva’s solo exhibition, Garden State, this panel discussion with Brenna Bhandar, Jennifer Gabrys, Uriel Orlow, chaired by Shela Sheikh, will explore the act of gardening as a tool for the assertion of power, control and identity. Moving from the specificity of the Israeli colonization and occupation of the Palestine Territories to geopolitics on a global scale, the panel will probe issues such as classification, modernization, indigeneity, homeland, land rights and dispossession from the point of view of history, visual cultures, postcolonialism, law, geography, environmental studies and landscaping/urbanism.

Panelists will address the place of gardening – and, more broadly, cultivation and planting – within both the historical phenomenon of colonialism and ongoing, contemporary structures of coloniality. Furthermore, the panel will explore the roles that various technologies, including photography and acoustics, play in the registration, revelation and contestation of such colonising and discriminatory practices.

FREE, rsvp@mosaicrooms.org


Brenna Bhandar | talks
Jennifer Gabrys | talks
Artist Uriel Orlow | talks | www
Shela Sheikh | talks


Date and Time:

28 May 2015 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Mosaic Rooms
Tower House
226 Cromwell Road

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