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MAY 10th 7PM ET / 4PM PT
Considering Subjectivity | Meleko Mokgosi

Meleko Mokgosi born in Francistown, Botswana; lives and works in Wellesley, MA is an artist, Associate Professor and co-director of graduate studies at the Yale School of Art, and the co-director of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program.

Mokgosi’s large-scale, figurative, and often text-based works engage history painting and cinematic tropes to uncover notions of colonialism, democracy, and liberation across African history. His most recent body of work, Spaces of Subjection, examines subjection and subjectivity as they pertain to perspectives on African, African American, and Black life. Using Foucault’s theory of “subjection” where social, political and historical networks produce subjecthood and subject formation, the focus is not on the subject’s agency but on systems of power. Mokgosi’s series explores how systems of power and political forces affect how people live their daily lives. For example, the oppressive didactic and educational structures that contribute to how racial, gender, and other differences between identities learned from childhood.

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