Otis College of Art and Design's Undergraduate Fine Arts Department presents the Mandy & Cliff Einstein Visiting Artist Series speaker and Visiting Critic for Spring 2021: Denise Ferreira da Silva.
Denise Ferreira da Silva with collaborator Valentina Desideri “...developed Poethical Reading as a practice to help answer questions concerning politics and ethics. Poethical Reading uses a combination of already-existing and newly-invented healing techniques, including astrology, philosophy, palm reading, herbal healing, fake therapy, political therapy, Reiki, and tarot reading. A session of Poethical Reading is instigated by a political issue brought forward by one of the participants and lasts approximately one hour. Using all the aforementioned tools, we work together with the participants to expose various aspects of the question or problem, to consider it in all its complexity. We call this work ‘Imaging.’”
Denise Ferreira da Silva is an academic and practicing artist. Her work addresses the ethico-political challenges of the global present. She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), A Dívida Impagavel (Oficina da Imaginaçāo Política and Living Commons, 2019), Unpayable Debt (Stenberg/MIT Press, 2021), and is co-editor (with Paula Chakravartty) of Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Her several articles have been published in leading interdisciplinary journals, such as Social Text, Theory, Culture & Society, Social Identities, PhiloSOPHIA, Griffith Law Review, Theory & Event, and The Black Scholar, to name a few. Her artistic works includes the films Serpent Rain (2016) and 4Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018), in collaboration with Arjuna Neuman, and the relational art practices Poethical Readings and Sensing Salon, in collaboration with Valentina Desideri. She has exhibited and lectured at major art venues, such as the Pompidou Center (Paris), Whitechapel Gallery (London), MASP (Sāo Paulo), Guggenheim (New York), and MoMa (New York). She has also written for publications for major art events (Liverpool Biennale, 2017; São Paulo Biennale, 2016; Venice Biennale, 2017; and Documenta 14) and published in art venues such as Canadian Art, Texte Zur Kunst, and E-Flux.
Hers is a vital voice addressing the ethico-political challenges of the global present through her writing, teaching, and art practice.
The Critic-in-Residence position in the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design has been in existence for 19 years. Each year, an outstanding critic is invited to be in residence, give a public lecture and engage with students, contribute to the cultural life of the campus and students, and represent the College to the Los Angeles community at large.
Zoom link to attend: https://otis.zoom.us/j/97020489507
Room ID 970 2048 9507
Design by Gena Rynae.