09/15/2016

Decolonize This Place Launch and Orientation Party

Saturday, September 17, 6-9pm

55 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013

Join us this Saturday for the launch and orientation party for Decolonize This Place, featuring DJ sets and performances from traxsessions (Devin Kenny, Jesse Hlebo & special guests). For the next three months, the collective MTL+ with a range of collaborators will convert the current location of Artists Space at 55 Walker Street in Lower Manhattan into a shared resource for art, research and organizing.

At the core of its process is a weekly program of public events, with collaborators from across the five boroughs anchoring assemblies, trainings, skillshares, readings, screenings, meals, and healing sessions. Confirmed participants include Aida Youth Center—Palestine, AKA Exit, Al-Awda NY, Black Poets Speak Out, Bronx Not For Sale, BUFU (By Us For Us), Chinatown Arts Brigade, Common Practice New York, Direct Action Front for Palestine, El Salón, Global Ultra Luxury Faction, Hyperallergic, Insurgent Poets Society, Jive Poetic, Mahina Movement, NYC Stands for Standing Rock organizing committee, Queens Anti-Gentrification Network, Take Back The Bronx, Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy, Wing On Wo & Co., Woman Writers Of Color, with many more in the works.

Decolonize This Place will prioritize five lines of political inquiry, namely indigenous struggle, black liberation, Free Palestine, global wage workers, and de-gentrification. It will prioritize the presence and work of people of color and will be inclusive of queer, immigrant, and disabled participants.

Decolonize This Place takes its name from a direct action undertaken this May at the Brooklyn Museum which targeted two exhibitions—This Place and Agitprop!—which utilized arts and artists to normalize the ongoing displacement of populations, from Brooklyn to Palestine.

Designed as an action-oriented space, Decolonize This Place will challenge the dynamics of white supremacy and colonial dispossession that continue to underlie the landscape of the art system, and the world at large.

In solidarity and struggle, Nitasha Dhillon, Amin Husain, Yates McKee, and Andrew Ross, Kyle Goen, and Amy Wang as MTL+

This Event is organized as undercommons and is FREE

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