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Art Labour Archives is an exceptional platform that has spiraled around the amalgamation of theory, political activism and aesthetics. Among other pioneering approaches, Art Labour Archives has been one of the first facilitators in the discussion, dissemination and production of videoart, film and performance (time-based artistic positions), from a Caribbean, and more specifically Haitian- Dominican perspective, in the region and globally as well. Thanks to its long-term commitment to insist on the inseparability between Haitian-Dominican realities, Art Labour Archives has established a unique and inspiring body of knowledge on this crucial subject.
In the vision of its founder, Alanna Lockward, disciplines are meant to facilitate each other´s dismantling by means of constantly challenging its own claims to legitimacy. This self-criticism and paradigm inversion places collective knowledge production as a central ambition. In this sense, the optic and praxis of Art Labour Archives is to surpass the expectations of the society of the spectacle and its insatiable appetite for visual and sensorial stimulation. Instead, the dozens of publications, exhibitions, screening programs, workshops and seminars conceptualized and produced by Art Labour Archives in the last seventeen years, have offered liberation and redemption as a viable alternative. In short: our journey is one of experiencing “art” as a labour of love and mutual examination and recognition beyond geographical, discursive and disciplinary thresholds.
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