Artist Talk: Tina M. Campt & Salad Hilowle
On the 29th of september Tina M. Campt, Professor of Humanities, and artist Salad Hilowle meet in a conversation about blackness and contemporary art at Malmö Konstmuseum. Welcome!
Campts work is a formative part of Black European Studies
In a personal and curious way – with the present in focus – Campt describes a blackness that is not in relation to whiteness. Campt's image holds a complexity of shades of both joy and sadness.
In her latest book “A Black Gaze, Artists Changing How We See” (2021), Tina M. Campt theorizes and discusses blackness through internationally acclaimed contemporary artists such as Arthur Jafa, Deana Lawson and Simone Leigh. Campt highlights artists who create images that flow, that revive and reevaluate the historical and contemporary archive of black lives in radical ways.
Her research in Black European Studies has been formative. In her previous work she has investigated gender, race and diasporic formation in black communities in Europe, focusing on the role that popular photography plays in historical interpretive processes.
Hilowle explores blackness in a Swedish context
Salad Hilowle explores in his oeuvre blackness in a Swedish context. In his conversation with Campt, Hilowe seeks answers to questions about the blackness described in the book “A Black Gaze”. Does Campt's wording about blackness only apply to the African-American diaspora? Or can it be transferred to similar conversations in Sweden and Europe? The questions and exploration become the framework for the conversation.