This conference spotlights the ways in which artists, critics, and historians have mobilized critical methods and methodologies against the rising tide of authoritarianism and illiberal populism. Featuring a wide range of projects—from the militant image to secret and clandestine works and networks—the one-day conference aims to articulate new forms in the writing and research in art history. The goal of the event is to rethink the notion of the underground as an evocative terrain for thought and struggle, in particular, the peculiar ways through which images and objects are historically obscured and silenced but emerge, unexpectedly, out of states of latency. The conference seeks to make sense of these forms of delay, resurrection, and survival.
This event is organized by Andrew Witt (2018–20 Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Afonso Dias Ramos (Forum Transregionale Studien, Freie Universität Berlin).
For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.kunstgeschichte.hu-berlin.de/veranstaltungen/symposium-counterhistory-latent-and-underground-currents-in-american-art/