To launch his new book Decolonizing Nature, Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, T.J. Demos will be in conversation with Kodwo Eshun and Ros Gray to discuss the book and his research into creative proposals of artists and activists for ways of life that bring together ecological sustainability, climate justice and radical democracy.
While ecology has received little systematic attention within art history, its visibility and significance has grown in relation to the real and present threats of climate change and environmental destruction. By engaging artists’ widespread aesthetic and political engagement with environmental conditions and processes around the globe—and looking at cutting-edge theoretical, political, and cultural developments in the Global South and North — Decolonizing Nature offers a pathbreaking contribution to the intersecting fields of art history, ecology, visual culture, geography and environmental politics.
Decolonizing Nature, Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology is published by Sternberg Press.
T.J. Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies.
Kodwo Eshun is co-founder of The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun), Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory, Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and Visiting Professor, Critical Cultural Cybermedia, Research-based Master programme at Geneva University of Art and Design.
Ros Gray is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Critical Studies in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. Her research explores the trajectories of militant filmmaking, particularly in relation to liberation struggles and revolutionary movements in Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso, and artistic practices engaged with decolonial thought and ecology.