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RRS| Imani Jacqueline Brown: Strategies of Ecological Witnessing

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We are delighted to be welcoming artist, activist and research Imani Jacqueline Brown to The Glasgow School of Art.

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For our final event of this academic year, we are delighted to be welcoming Imani Jacqueline Brown to The Glasgow School of Art to deliver an online lecture and accompanying seminar considering her research into environmental racism in Louisiana.

What does it mean for Black people to fight for the rights of nature while we are still fighting for our basic human rights? How can a practice of exposing the segregative fissures driven through existence hold space for humble rituals of repair?

In this lecture Imani will discuss her investigations into environmental racism in Louisiana through a carefully cultivated research praxis incorporating: counter-forensics (combining innovative technology and grassroots wisdom to investigate state and corporate crime), cartographic unraveling (tracing lines of accountability through corporate succession), and autonomic research (a hybrid practice of remote and intimate sensing through the experience of being in and becoming place).

Imani Jacqueline Brown is an artist, activist, researcher, and writer from New Orleans. Her work investigates the continuum of Extractivism, which spans from colonial genocide and slavery to Cancer Alley, coastal erosion, and climate change.

In exposing the layers of violence and resistance that structure US society, Imani frees up space to imagine a path to ecological reparations. Among other things, Imani is currently a researcher with Forensic Architecture.

This event will be live captioned.

Attendees will be sent a zoom link to join on the day of the event.

For any questions please email racerightssovereignty@gsa.ac.uk

On May 25th, there will be a seminar with Brown for a smaller group of participants to further discuss the research. Further details and sign up here: https://www.racerightssovereignty.com/upcoming-events

The Race, Rights & Sovereignty series is a free programme of public lectures, workshops and other events delivered by The Glasgow School of Art and The Art School: GSA's Students' Association. For more information on the series visit: racerightssovereignty.com

Image: ​Imani Jacqueline Brown, Oil access canals and marsh restoration in the Lafitte Oil Field, Jefferson Parish, Lousisiana, 2019. Flight courtesy of SouthWings and HealthyGulf.

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