The Just Speak Nearby: The Politics & Practices of Art Writing two-day programme is on at LA’s 356 S. Mission Rd, running April 21 to 22.
Organised by Litia Perta, the series of dialogues, lectures, performances and screenings takes a quote from film maker, writer and theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha‘s 40-minute experimental documentary Reassemblage (1984) as a starting point: “I do not intend to speak about, just speak nearby.”
The event will open with a screening of Trinh’s film and a lecture to follow on April 21, which refuses the conventions of narration and mean-making in its montage of scenes shot in Senegal.
Following that, the Saturday programme will feature artists, curators, writers, scholars and performers in an effort to “unsettle and unfold” the ethics of art writing and knowledge production in dialogue with the likes of Simon Leung, Cog•nate Collective, Dynasty Handbag, Shoghig Halajian, Amanda McGough, Jennifer Moon, Maggie Nelson, and more.
See the 356 S. Mission Rd website for details.**