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Incommensurability and Untranslatability

The move to diversify art historical narratives is often accompanied by a search for commonalities. Instead addressing a need to acknowledge radical difference and untranslatability, each presenter in this panel approached the question of the incommensurable, interrogating tensions between a global approach and site-specific study. Natalia Brizuela discusses three indigenous visual and textual productions and their relation to traditional art spaces; Victoria Collis-Buthelezi addresses the potential untranslatability of blackness across languages; Timea Junghaus offers a decolonial approach to the archive with regards to Roma art production; and Harsha Ram discusses the “discovery” of the 20th-century Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmani, by the Russian avant-garde.

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Léllé Demertzi

Stavros Niarchos 12-Month Intern, International Program MoMA Léllé Demertzi joined the International Program in September 2019. Léllé graduated from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens in 2017.... Read more »
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Sarah Lookofsky

Associate Director, International Program The Museum of Modern Art Sarah Lookofsky joined the The Museum of Modern Art in March 2014. Prior to working at MoMA, she was a faculty member and the instructor for curatorial studies at the... Read more »
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Incommensurability and Untranslatability

The move to diversify art historical narratives is often accompanied by a search for commonalities. Instead addressing a need to acknowledge radical difference and untranslatability, each presenter in this panel approached the question of the incommensurable, interrogating tensions between a global approach and site-specific study. Natalia Brizuela discusses three indigenous visual and textual productions and their relation to traditional art spaces; Victoria Collis-Buthelezi addresses the potential untranslatability of blackness across languages; Timea Junghaus offers a decolonial approach to the archive with regards to Roma art production; and Harsha Ram discusses the “discovery” of the 20th-century Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmani, by the Russian avant-garde.

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The move to diversify art historical narratives is often accompanied by a search for commonalities. Instead addressing a need to acknowledge radical difference and untranslatability, each presenter in this panel approached the question of the incommensurable, interrogating tensions between a global approach and site-specific study. Natalia Brizuela discusses three indigenous visual and textual productions and their relation to traditional art spaces; Victoria Collis-Buthelezi addresses the potential untranslatability of blackness across languages; Timea Junghaus offers a decolonial approach to the archive with regards to Roma art production; and Harsha Ram discusses the “discovery” of the 20th-century Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmani, by the Russian avant-garde.

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Incommensurability. Introduction by Meghan Forbes

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Incommensurability. Natalia Brizuela

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Incommensurability. Victoria Collis-Buthelezi

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Incommensurability. Timea Junghaus

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Incommensurability. Harsha Ram

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This Seminar is part of: Multiplying Perspectives, in Practice