Mirages, Effects and Distractions - Border as Aseptic Stage, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt

Salon für Ästhetische Experimente #1: Lisa Glauer: Mirages, Effects and Distractions – Border as Aseptic Stage


During the first session in 2017, Lisa Glauer is presenting her project “Striplandings”, which deals with the biopolitical facets of the border between San Diego and Tijuana. She will further dive into these topics in conversation with her guests Hillary Mushkin und Rajkamal Kahlon. Hillary Mushkin presented her current project Incendiary Traces and Rajkamal Kahlon presented People of Afghanistan, a 9 minute film and posters from the Coloring Germany Project.

Fevered Specters of Art

Edith Russ Haus Für Medienkunst

Oldenburg, Germany

November 11 - January 15, 2017

The exhibition surveys the theories and practices of radical leftist politics of the 1960–70s and the relationship between politics and aesthetics.

Undisciplinary Learning: Remapping the Aesthetics of Resistance


Berlin, Germany


September 22- November 19, 2016.


In the exhibition artistic practices of collective unlearning and anti-authoritarian knowledge transfers form the basis for the transtemporal and transgeographic repositioning of the aesthetics of resistance.

Your Country Doesn't Exist

Multimedia Center

Split, Croatia


Named after the work by Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson of the same title, the exhibition acts as intervention in the current revisionist and extreme right-wing context of Croatian politics.

In the Power of Your Care

8th Floor Gallery

The Shelley and Donald Rubenstein Foundation

New York, US

In the Power of Your Care is an exhibition about health and health care as a human right, and the interdependencies of care in our culture, from personal relationships to government policy. Addressing issues such as the politics of institutionalized care in hospitals and military detention centers, the FDA’s ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, and the challenges posed by medical treatments of cancer and HIV, In the Power of Your Care proposes that health care as a human right can be upheld through community-based efforts and policy change.

When You are the Indian in a Country of John Waynes, Lecture

Villa Empain

Brussels, Belgium

November 23, 19.00

Sponsored by the Goethe Institute


When you’re the Indian in a country of John Waynes is a talk about the criminalization of otherness. Framed by the War on Terror, an endless and perpetual war waged by the U.S. and it’s global allies,  The talk will draw on recent research into anthropological and ethnographic collections and photo archives at the Weltmuseum in Vienna, Austria and Harvard University.


Concluding the talk will be a screening of People of Afghanistan, 2016. The 9 minute video superimposes photographic portraits of Afghan men collected during a Russian anthropological survey in Afghanistan in the 1960’s over high definition thermal imagery of an American AC-130 Specter Gunship’s aerial bombing of military targets in Afghanistan.

Decolonizing Art and Visual Culture

Xart Splitta

Berlin Germany

A panel discussion with  Raju Rage, Rena Onat, Rajkamal Kahlon, Sunanda Mesquita and Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro on legacy, unarchiving, femininity, queerness and the politics of art.

About the series:
What exactly does decolonization in art mean? How can art be perceived as a medium through and with which processes of decolonization are initiated? This is important for producers as well as recipients of art, who thus may be encouraged to develop new perspectives.


Teaching to Transgress, Workshop


Panel on Pedagogy and Empowerment

Berlin, Germany

November 13, 2016, 16.30 

I presented bell hook's Teaching to Transgress  and its influence on my practice as an artist and educator, then led an informal workshop modeled on hook's idea of mutual recognition.  Image Credit: Undisciplinary Learning. Remapping The Aesthetics of Resistance, District Berlin, 2016. Photo: Emma Haugh

Did You Kiss the Dead Body?, Lecture


Gedankkengänge Erinnerungswege: Medizin in Verantwortung

Berlin, Germany

November 4, 2016

A talk about my work in relationship to the history of anthropology, National Socialism and German colonial history.

dekoloniale Bildwelten


Berlin, Germany

A commission of new paintings that challenges the racism found within German charity and development aid organizations' advertising campaigns that target the global south. The commission will result in a billboard and limited edition set of posters.

Newhouse Center for Humanitites

Wellesley College

Blowback: From Colonial Archives to Terrorist Bodies reflects on representational forms of violence necessary to past and contemporary colonial regimes. Late 19th and early 20th century representational codes for non-European bodies relied on constructions of savagery, barbarism, primitivism and transforming the “native” body into an object of study for the emerging field of anthropology. Contemporary representational codes of the racialized other in mainstream images differ from earlier representational forms of the native bodies housed in institutional archives. The modern ‘native’ subject, still seen in barbarous terms, is now a terrorist and armed with weapons and lethal explosive devices. Blowback studies the movement between these representational codes. Subjects that were once passive, anonymous, and mute objects of  academic study morph into threatening agents of political and social violence.  

2016 Swich Artist in Residence, Weltmuseum Wien

Weltmuseum Wien

Vienna, Austria

In a recent paper the author and professor of Feminism and Techno-Science, Donna Haraway asked, “What is it to write and think and act in a time of exterminations and extinctions, and what is the work of recuperation?”  Her reply was “Staying with trouble.”

In my estimation, an ethnographic museum like the Weltmuseum Wien, is at the heart of being able to answer this profound query. In many ways the ethnographic museum can be seen as the instrument of imperial violence par excellence. The seeds of everything from catastrophic environmental collapse, mass extinction of species, the exponential growth of conflict refugees and the specter of terrorism that we are experiencing today can all be found within the walls of the Weltmuseum Wien; in the history of its founding, the context of how its collections came into being, and in the objects, documents and photographs it houses.


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