ICA Fellow Presentation : Benjamin and the Post-Colonial


Seminar workshop with Professor Andrew Hennlich

Drawing from Walter Benjamin’s early ‘Critique of Violence’ and his last work, ‘On the Concept of History’, in addition to secondary readings by Giorgio Agamben and Grant Farred, this workshop considers how Benjamin’s readings of violence, the state of exception, and the philosophy of history may have relevance to post-colonial and anti-colonial thinking, and guide readings of contemporary political culture. The workshop aims to consider ways in which Benjamin’s ideas have been taken up, or can be extended to thinking the post-colonial condition. Working from Hennlich’s current exhibition After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and his ICA project on the South African performance artist Athi-Patra Ruga’s The Future White Women of Azania, the workshop aims to understand Benjamin’s work as not only relevant to issues of post-colonialism, but also to performance, public spheres and visual culture.

Curator and art historian Andrew Hennlich teaches modern and contemporary art, visual culture, and theory and criticism at the Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University. In 2016 he was awarded an ICA International Fellowship.

Date: Friday 02 September
5pm for 5.30pm
(refreshments will be served from 5pm)

Venue: UCT HiddingH Hall, UCT Campus

Free Parking, all welcome. RSVP: ica@uct.ac.za

Image: Night of the Long Knives I (detail), Athi-Patra Ruga, 2013, image courtesy of Athi Patra-Ruga and Whatiftheworld Gallery