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Alpesh Kantilal Patel in conversation with Natasha Bissonauth
Alpesh Kantilal Patel’s art historical scholarship, art criticism and curating reflect his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. Twelve Gates Arts will present a reading from the author’s monograph “Productive failure: writing queer transnational South Asian art histories”, published by Manchester University Press (2017).
With this book, Alpesh Patel is queering, or making unstable, conventional notions of writing transnational South Asian art histories by not upholding the strictly genealogical approach that is regularly assumed for them. He considers a range of “practice-led” research forms and creative methodological approaches to analyzing visual culture, such as autoethnographic narratives, curatorial knowledge-making, and his affective encounters. Also, he examines “whiteness,” the invisible ground upon which racialized art histories often pivot. Overall, his queering of art history aims to offer a more sited, nuanced framework and method for generating art history by more capably acknowledging the complex web of intersecting factors within which art and art history is produced and the different forms of knowledge-production we might count as art history.