On Clement Siatous: The Untold History of the Chagos Islands

Image: Clement Siatous, Untitled, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 27.5 x 34.5 in. / 69.85 x 87.63 cm.

On Clement Siatous: The Untold History of the Chagos Islands
Presented by Paula Naughton and Amanda Hunt
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Paula Naughton will be in conversation with Amanda Hunt, and present her research into Chagossian artist Clement Siatous, following his first solo exhibition in the U.S. at Simon Preston Gallery. In the early 1970s, the entire populations of the Chagos Islands were forcibly evicted by the British Government to make way for a U.S. naval base on Diego Garcia, which it currently is today. Siatous illustrates a comprehensive chronicle of life on the islands in exhaustive detail, his paintings revealing a counter narrative to military record.

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October 21, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Paula Naughton

Paula Naughton is a curator based in New York, and the founder of the multi-media documentary project, The New Atlantis. Through processes of collecting, creating, and curating, The New Atlantis brings into question the role and power of photography as a colonizing tool. The multi-disciplinary approach defies traditional boundaries of an art practice, and aims to give voice to the Chagos community and act as an agent of change. Curating and presentation of exhibitions also expands into Naughton’s role as director of Simon Preston Gallery, New York, since 2011. Other recent curatorial exhibitions include “The Mind Was Dreaming, The World Was Its Dream” at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, in 2014.

Amanda Hunt

Amanda Hunt is Director of Education and Public Programs at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles. Previously, she was Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem where her recent exhibitions included Lorraine O’Grady: Art Is; In Profile: Selections from the Permanent Collection, and the forthcoming A Constellation. Hunt curated Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. She was a curator at the non-profit art space LA >< ART from 2011-2014 where she organized former Studio Museum Artist-in-Residence Steffani Jemison’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, as well as produced public art projects with Anna Sew Hoy, Sam Falls, and Talia Chetrit, among others. Hunt also helped to produce two major initiatives in Los Angeles, including the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, co-produced by LAXART and the Getty Research Institute, and Made in LA 2012, the first Los Angeles biennial organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART. She has worked at various galleries and institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, London; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She holds her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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