Interlude: Trickster Abrakadabra. The Art of Hosting or Declaring Yourself a Guest

Dohmen, Renate and Korporaal, Astrid (2023). Interlude: Trickster Abrakadabra. The Art of Hosting or Declaring Yourself a Guest. Third Text (In Press).

Abstract

In this interlude, Renate Dohmen and Astrid Korporaal record a conversation about the resonances and divergences between their articles on the paintings of Kenneth Monkman and the films of The Karrabing Collective, respectively. We reflect on the different uses of the term decolonization and its intersections with Indigenous theory. In this context, we discuss the need for complex, open and non-linear approaches to writing and speaking nearby indigenous artists from North America, Australia, and beyond. Along this messy tangent, we converse about the figure of the trickster and the various ways in which different disorientations, disruptions, shifts, rehearsals, and forms of playfulness can take place both in visual art and in writing. Thinking through the possibilities of reclaiming tradition and dismantling colonialism, we explore links between radical hospitality and the hospicing of modernity. Connecting topics of care and listening in relation to this special issue we share thoughts on possibilities for polyphony. These interweave with reflections on the marginalized role of orality, myth and plurality in western hierarchies of meaning.

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Renate Dohmen and Astrid Korporaal both engage with work of Indigenised artists and questions of decolonising. In this conversation they think through and with each other's work, reflecting on shared perspectives as well as divergences that emerge from their respective approaches and the art they are investigating, fostering generative synergies.

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