- Talk Show
Episode 3: Decoloniality in India and GermanyThe term "Decolonial" encompasses ongoing processes of undoing colonization and critiques it as an impractical project for total emancipation. How is the concept of "decoloniality" understood in India and Germany today? Explore this discussion with Amarnath Praful (Gandhinagar), Vera Marušić (Cologne, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum), and Sarnath Bannerjee (Berlin and Delhi) as they delve into the relationship between decolonial practices in local contexts and the broader frameworks of institutions and nation-states.
Amarnath Praful is a visual artist, writer and teacher who primarily works with photography. His artistic and research practice explores elements from performance, text, video, archive and found material. His work is often guided by the landscape, folk and oral traditions, modernities, and cultural and political histories of Kerala, India. His pedagogical concerns on which he has been writing and teaching are in the area of contemporary photographic practices, representational politics, the history of photography in the subcontinent, intermedia image practices and cinema studies. Currently, he is a Faculty at the Photography Design master’s program at the National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar.
Vera Marušić is Consultant to the Director and in charge of Program and Strategy Planning at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World located in Cologne, Germany since November 2019. After graduating in law, she has worked in various functions as a research assistant, project coordinator and curator in complex, international and interdisciplinary projects in the cultural/arts field and higher education: Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, HELLERAU – European Center for Contemporary Arts Dresden, Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Dresden University of Fine Arts and Dresden State Art Collections.
Banerjee has authored five graphic novels published by Penguin and Harper Collins, with a sixth in progress supported by a grant from the Berlin Senate. His work has been showcased at prestigious Biennales, Art Fairs, and international shows.