Decolonial Moves of the Transcultural

Ayman Alazraq, Luanda Carneiro Jacoel, GLAM Collective, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Zinnia Naqvi

January 15 – March 20, 2021

Guest Curated by Noor Bhangu

Three decades ago, Édouard Glissant proposed in “Poetics of Relation” that our responsibility to remember is greater than our own history. In our decolonial times and globalizing art locales, this potentializing responsibility remains clumsy and out of reach. This project asks, “How can we make the work of transcultural relation central in the production of global art (or artwork that travels) in ways that both value and deconstruct historical knowledge in the same order?”

This two-part exhibition is durational, polylogical, and writerly. As part of the first iteration at Or Gallery, artists will lead weekly sessions where they will apply selected readings to discussions of their research, works-in-progress, or ‘dreaming’ projects. The aim of this discursive format is to use desire, contradiction, and process to give knowledge on, and with, others.

Over the course of the exhibition, Or Gallery will present works of art by featured artists in an accumulative fashion. This process will unfold alongside the weekly sessions and be completed by the end of the exhibition run on March 20, 2021.

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List of Works:


1. Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Pared, 2020, Digital print on washi paper.


2. Zinnia Naqvi, Performative Citation, 2019, Digital print on vinyl.


3. Zinnia Naqvi, Farzana, 2021, Script for in-progress work.


4. Ayman Alazraq, Materials from The Palestine Archive and in-progress script, Ongoing.


5. Luanda Carneiro Jacoel, Kalunga Unspoken – Sopro, 2020, Video with sound, 5 mins 9 sec.



6. Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Navegando, 2021, Video with sound, 33 mins 7 sec.


7. Reading group recordings.


8. Readings wall.


9. Poetics of Relation by Édouard Glissant, Book and sound recording, read by Noor Bhangu.


The Or Gallery operates principally in Vancouver, a city situated on the unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.