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Lorna Simpson, 7 Mouths (1993), 7 photo linen panels, Overall: 61 x 16 in (155 x 40.6 cm)
Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
© Lorna Simpson. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

How can a musical terminology of tonality help us think of the multi-faceted nature of contemporary political movements?

Can we perceive the enormous range of voices, bodies, and gatherings today as tonalities of future political horizons?

What distinctions and solidarities can one establish amidst the cacophony of civil wars, xenophobia, majoritarian fundamentalism and consequent practices of dissent and resistance today?

Emerging at a time when dissent and resistance are necessary actions for many communities, Tonalities of Dissent conceptualizes different motions (exhibitions, performance gatherings, library interventions, essays, slogans, and interviews)  that engage with the discursive effects recent social movements in Delhi, Istanbul, Cape Town, Sao Paulo, and elsewhere have on contemporary culture and its institutions. 

Missing Hue of the Rainbow

Apr 7 - May 26, 2019

Center for Curatorial Studies /

Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, NY.

Missing Hue of the Rainbow takes up histories of color’s ambivalent relationship to identity, by bringing together works from diverse fields of conceptualism, black feminist concerns in the U.S., and Dalit literature in India. The exhibition considers how color has been mobilised by artists and writers as a site of simultaneous oppression and resistance.

Dissent Library

Apr 7 - May 26, 2019

Center for Curatorial Studies Library,

Bard College, NY.

Dissent Library is a site of conversation and reflection in a time when many communities around the globe are expressing dissent and resistance against majoritarian forces and regimes.With a selection of leading writers, poets, and artists Dissent Library invites the readers to draw associations across a broad scope of shared and contested positions that address questions around the entanglement between art, social practice, and politics.

Film Screening: Jashn-e-Azadi by

Sanjay Kak

May 13, 2019, 5 - 8pm

Classroom 102, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY. 

Jashn-e-Azadi (2007) by Sanjay Kak records the long-standing struggle for freedom in the Kashmir valley, a region between India and Pakistan that has been under military occupation for many decades. Jashn-e-Azadi poses the question of the meaning of freedom to the turbulent landscape of Kashmir as India celebrated the 60th anniversary of its Independence in 2007.

Dissent Library Conversation with Thomas Keenan

May 20, 2019, 5.15 - 6.15pm

Library Classroom, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY. 

In 1985, a forensic investigation into the unearthed body remains of Josef Mengele (a former Nazi War Criminal who was still at large) was conducted in Brazil. The process of identifying the bones in question and the procedures followed by the experts led to the advent of a new forensic approach to understanding war crimes and crimes against humanity.' Departing from this case-study surrounding the Mengele’s Skull, Thomas Keenan will lead a discussion on the recently developed field of counter-forensics that sees forensic science as a political practice to ‘detect, represent, and confront abuses of power by states and corporations in situations that have a bearing upon political struggle, violent conflict, and climate change.’

Essay (Upcoming)

Tonalities of Dissent: The Case of Azadi (Freedom)

This essay investigates into the role of social movements today with a specific focus on the 2012 Nirbhaya (fearless) protests in New Delhi, India’s capital city. While understanding the trajectory of Bekhauf Azaadi (fearless freedom) that emerged during these protests, the essay will discuss the entanglement between the representations of recent popular social movements across global cities and the real-world transformations that take place on the ground. 


A Nomadic Curatorial Project by Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi

© 2018 Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi

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