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Sepake Angiama is the artistic director of the institute for international visual art in London- a curator and educator, whose praxis lies in the discursive and social framework, in order to collectively rewrite our understanding of the world. This has inspired her to work with artists who disrupt or provoke aspects of the social sphere through action, radical forms of pedagogy, and architecture. While in her position as Head of Education, Documenta 14 she initiated the project Under the Mango Tree - a self-organized gathering of unlearning practices. The second edition (Visva Bharati, Santineketan) brought together artist-led spaces, libraries, and schools interested in unfolding discourses around decolonizing education practices that destabilize the European canon, through examining alternative epistemologies, notions of unlearning, and indigenous knowledge. Sepake was the co-curator for the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial where her research led her to engage with architects who are embedded in transforming the city through pedagogy, direct action, and community engagement.
As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring national and international curators—Yesomi Umolu, Sepake Angiama, and Paulo Tavares will present on the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, …and other such stories. The discussion will focus on their take on the Biennial, their research-driven methodology, and how their interest in pedagogy manifested throughout the exhibition.read more »