Public Knowledge: Anteaesthetics - Camden Art Centre

with Rizvana Bradley, Larne Abse Gogarty, Vanessa Peterson, and Sadia Shirazi 

Anteaesthetics challenges the notion that blackness can find a place within the aesthetic framework of modernity, arguing instead that it forms both the foundation and the unresolvable paradox of representation. Drawing from diverse fields like black critical theory and art history, Anteaesthetics invites a philosophical engagement with black art and its inherent challenges to conventional artistic forms. 

The Artists

The Artists

Rizvana Bradley is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies and Affiliated Faculty in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, and the 2023-24 Terra Foundation Visiting Professor for American Art at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Bradley’s book, Anteaesthetics: Black Aesthesis and the Critique of Form, was published in 2023 by Stanford University Press in the new series, Inventions: Black Philosophy, Politics, Aesthetics.
In addition to several peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, Bradley’s art criticism has been published in Artforum, The Yale Review, Parkett, Art in America, and e-flux, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs, including for the Serpentine Galleries, the New Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. She has curated a number of academic arts symposia at the Serpentine Galleries, the British Film Institute, and most recently, the Stedelijk Museum of Art.
Larne Abse Gogarty is a writer and art historian from London. She is the head of History and Theory of Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She is the author of What we do is Secret: Contemporary Art and the Antinomies of Conspiracy (Sternberg Press, 2023) and Usable Pasts: Social Practice and State Formation in American Art (Brill, 2022) and has published in journals and magazines including Art Monthly, New Socialist, Tate Papers, Third Text, and Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte. In 2020 she co-edited with Andrew Hemingway a special issue on “Keywords for Marxist Art History” of the journal Kunst und Politik.

Vanessa Peterson is a writer and editor based in London, UK. She is Associate Editor at frieze magazine. She has lectured at institutions and organisations such as the Royal College of Art, the Royal Academy of Arts and Anglia Ruskin University on art criticism and visual culture, and written texts for art catalogues and monographs, including Phaidon’s PRIME – Art’s Next Generation (2022), profiling some of the world’s leading young contemporary artists. 

Sadia Shirazi is a writer, curator and art historian. Shirazi is currently curator, international art at the Tate Modern. Shirazi has lectured and presented their research internationally at venues including the Cooper Union, Whitney Museum of American Art, Kings College, Cambridge University, and Lahore University of Management Sciences. They have contributed essays and art criticism for numerous catalogues, publications and peer-reviewed journals, including Artforume-flux and Bidoun. Shirazi’s current book project is about the artists Zarina, Nasreen Mohamedi and Lala Rukh.