MARIA IÑIGO CLAVOOur Methodology is our Agency: Notes on decolonizing knowledge from the curatorial
In Brazil, projects such as “Knowledge Encounters” seek new models of epistemic diversity in academia running in parallel with curatorial attempts to re-narrate history framing them conceptually in postcolonial theory. If museums are one of the modern technology of self-representing a (national) identity, and representation is linked to rights and citizenship, exhibitions should render visible the conflicts around those unresolved complex terms. Departing from her ongoing research on curatorial strategies and the decolonizing of methodologies, specifically in regards to exhibition making that takes history and popular culture as their subject-matter, Clavo reviews some of the challenges and unexpected alliances in postcolonial curatorial practices.
Maria Iñigo Clavo is a researcher, curator and Professor at Open University of Catalonia, where she co-founded the independent research group “Peninsula, Colonial processes and artistic and curatorial practices” in collaboration with Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid. Clavo has previously lectured at Essex University, University of Sao Paulo and Central Saint Martins. Her writings have featured in e-flux journal, Stedelijk Museum, Mela* Project, Afterall and others. She is editor of Re-visiones magazine recent issue “Is It Possible to Decolonize Western Methodologies? The South as interlocution.”