Global Conversations Series: The Legacy of Okwui Enwezor

The National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) would like to announce that the final episode of its Global Conversations Series entitled The Legacy of Okwui Enwezor has been rescheduled for Friday, May 14, 2021 at 12 noon. Moderated by Annie Paul, the panellists will include Mark Nash, Isaac Julien and Ute Meta Bauer. The discussion will be held live on the NGJ’s YouTube channel and will include a 30 minute segment for audience participation. 

The Legacy of Okwui Enwezor

A titan who bestrode the global artworld, Okwui Enwezor famously altered its contours with his magisterial Documenta11. This panel brings together four participants of Documenta11: Enwezor’s Documenta co-curators Mark Nash and Ute Meta Bauer as well as one of the featured artists, the celebrated film-maker Isaac Julien, to discuss the Grief and Grievance exhibition at the New Museum in New York and the current Documenta Platform 6 project memorializing Enwezor. The conversation will include Documenta11’s Créolité and Creolization platform, in which all four panelists participated. Attendees are invited to look at Platform 6 and Isaac Julien’s film, Paradise Omeros, in preparation for this panel. 

Annie Paul

Annie Paul is a writer and critic based at the University of the West Indies, Mona, where she is head of the Publications Section at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies. She is on the board of the National Gallery of Jamaica and has published extensively on art. In 2020 she published a biography of Stuart Hall in UWI Press’s Caribbean Biography Series. Editor-in-chief of the new online magazine of writing PREE and a founding editor of  Small Axe. She has been published in international journals, magazines and a range of art books and catalogues. Paul is the author of the blog Active Voice.

Mark Nash

Mark Nash is a distinguished independent curator, film historian and filmmaker with a specialization in contemporary fine art moving image practices, avant-garde and world cinema. He holds a PhD from Middlesex University and an MA from Cambridge University. He is currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he founded the Isaac Julien Lab with his partner and long-time collaborator, Isaac Julien.

As a curator, Mark Nash has frequently collaborated with Isaac Julien on numerous film and art projects. He also collaborated regularly with the late Okwui Enwezor, including on documenta11. More recently, he curated moving image exhibitions Viva L’Italia at the Museo Civico Archeologico (2017) and The Coming Community (2018) both for Artefiera Bologna.

Isaac Julien

Filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien CBE RA, was born in 1960 in London, where he currently lives and works. His multi-screen film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language. His 1989 documentary-drama exploring author Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance titled Looking for Langston garnered him a cult following while his 1991 debut feature Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale (2015), curated by Okwui Enwezor, he presented Kapital and directed Das Kapital Oratorio. He has also presented in documenta11, Kassel (2002).

Ute Meta Bauer

Ute Meta Bauer is a curator of contemporary art, film, video and sound that connect artistic work with other disciplines. Since 2013, Bauer has served as Founding Director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (NTU CCA) Singapore and as a professor in the NTU School of Art, Design and Media. At the NTU CCA Singapore, Bauer has curated and co-curated The Posthuman City: Climates. Habitats. Environments (2019–2020), Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy (2019) and Trees of Life: Knowledge in Material (2018) among many others. She was also co-curator of documenta11, Kassel (2002).

She is a member of various advisory boards, including the International Board of the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Bergen Assembly, Bergen, Norway and the documenta commission, Kassel.

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