The high-rise public housing tower, ghetto, slave ship hold, township, plantation, slave pen, camp, reservation, occupied territory, and prison have functioned as sites of racialized enclosure. Artist and MacArthur Fellow Cameron Rowland makes visible the spaces, systems, and institutions that create and maintain these racialized spaces of precarity and fungibility.
The lecture is followed by a discussion with Mabel O. Wilson, Nancy and George Rupp Professor at Columbia GSAPP and Saidiya Hartman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University.
Cameron Rowland’s research-intensive work centers around the display of objects and documents whose provenance and operations expose the legacies of racial capitalism and underscore the forms of exploitation that permeate many aspects of our daily lives.
Cameron Rowland received a BA (2011) from Wesleyan University. Rowland’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the São Paulo Biennial, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Vienna Secession, Artists Space, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Rowland’s work is represented in public collections including those of the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Free and open to the public.
Co-organized by The African American and African Diaspora Studies Department; The Institute for Research in African-American Studies; The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and Columbia GSAPP.