Creative Time Summit Speaking Truth | Economics & Sovereignty

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Playhouse Theater - Abrons Arts Center

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Creative Time Summit Speaking Truth | Economics & Sovereignty

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Andrea Carlson & Zina Saro-Wiwa, moderated by Gregory Sholette

During this discussion, present-day cultural practitioners will bring into focus strategies for tackling unrecognized labor and renewed efforts towards reclaiming sovereignty through cultural self-determination. Recognizing the urgency of struggles against lasting colonial systems of power, the speakers will ruminate on what connections can bring us together and how we may re-imagine and re-claim a future based on principles of emancipatory politics, critical reflections, and dignified life.

Andrea Carlson is a visual artist whose multimedia projects, such as Let: An Act of Reverse Incorporation (2016) at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Uncompromising Hand (2017) with Northern Lights.mn, celebrate underlying Indigenous places and objects within compromised, colonial spaces. Andrea draws from her Anishinaabe, specifically Ojibwe, and Scandinavian heritage as a basis for her highly stylized work. Support for her work includes fellowships through the McKnight Foundation (2008) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2016).

Zina Saro-Wiwa is a British-Nigerian artist and curator working in video, photography, food and social practice. Formerly a BBC journalist and TV presenter, she is also the founder of Boys’ Quarters Project Space, a gallery in the Niger Delta dedicated to exploring the relationship between self and environment. Her best known documentary This Is My Africa (2009) was shown on HBO. Saro-Wiwa was one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Global Thinkers (2016) and a Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Art (2017).

Gregory Sholette is an author, educator, and activist. He is a founding member of Political Art Documentation/Distribution, REPOhistory collective, and Gulf Labor Coalition. He recently guest-edited FIELD Journal of Socially Engaged Art focused on “Art, Anti-Globalism, and the Neo-Authoritarian Turn”. He is the author of Delirium & Resistance: Art Activism & the Crisis of Capitalism (2017); Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture (2011), and co-editor with Chloë Bass of Art as Social Action (2018).

Speaking Truth | Economics & Sovereignty is generously hosted by Abrons Arts Center.

This is the second event in our program celebrating 10 years of the Summit, including a three part discussion series, a new publication, and a weekend long convening. Subscribe to the Creative Time Newsletter to receive notifications and announcements about upcoming programming.


Abrons Arts Center is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.


Abrons Art Center is ADA accessible and has gender neutral bathrooms. Read more about our venue's Declaration of Inclusion.

This event will be presented with real-time captioning in English.

ASL requests can be accommodated up until 6PM on Tuesday, June 18th when purchasing your ticket.

If you have any other questions regarding accessibility please contact us 7 work-days in advance of any Summit events at summit@creativetime.org


The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, at the corner of Pitt Street, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.


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