Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn, discuss the works and life of Édouard Glissant, poet, philosopher, public intellectual, and curator, the importance of reading and books, Hans Ulrich Obrist’s curatorial work, and his favourite authors.
Édouard Glissant is recognised for his inestimable contributions to post-colonial studies, that not only encompassed literary and theoretical work, but in how he participated in political life. He consistently said that what matters is the production of reality. First as a member of the resistance who spoke out in favour of Martinique’s independence from France and then, from 1967 onwards, through the Institut Martiniquais d’Études, a school which was an agent for change, intervening in political issues. Later Glissant imagined and prepared a museum for Martinique, which is unrealized but remains a source of many ideas.
Hans Ulrich Obrist is a Swiss curator, critic, art historian. He is Artistic Director at the Serpentine Galleries, London. Before this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He has curated more than 300 shows including the Swiss Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, where he presented Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price - A stroll through a fun palace.
Alice Rawsthorn, guest curator of Dublin Art Book Fair 2020, is an award-winning design critic and author, whose books include Hello World: Where Design Meets Life and, most recently, Design as an Attitude. Her weekly design column for The New York Times was syndicated worldwide for over a decade. She is a co-founder with Paola Antonelli of the Design Emergency project to investigate design’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and its aftermath.