On December 15, artists Karol Radziszewski and Carlos Motta will come together for Searching for Missing Narratives, a free online panel in which they will discuss how their respective and extensive archival-based practices focus on queering and decolonizing histories to challenge dominant Western normative discourses through artistic strategies and institutional critique. They will be joined by Laura Raicovich, who provides a unique perspective as a curator, writer, and Interim Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. The panel will respond to current events in Poland and the US, and more broadly, it will reflect on how the past can be used for shaping a better future as well as how to think about history whilst actively re-writing it.

Karol Radziszewski (Residency Unlimited Alum 2011) works with film, photography, painting, installations, and creates interdisciplinary projects. His archive-based methodology crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social, and gender references. In 2015, he founded the Queer Archives Institute, a non-profit artist-run organization dedicated to research, collection, digitalization, presentation, exhibition, analysis, and artistic interpretation of queer archives, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe. His forthcoming book, Power of Secrets, is centered around his last show of the same title at Ujazdowski Castle.

Carlos Motta’s multidisciplinary art practice documents the social conditions and political struggles of sexual, gender, and ethnic minority communities in order to challenge dominant and normative discourses through visibility and self-representation. As a historian of untold narratives and an archivist of repressed histories, he is committed to in-depth research on the struggles of post-colonial subjects and societies. His work manifests in a variety of mediums including video, installation, sculpture, drawing, web-based projects, performance, and symposia.

Laura Raicovich is a curator, writer, and art worker currently serving as Interim Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. Her book Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest will be published by Verso in June 2021. She is the recipient of both the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship and the inaugural Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators at Hyperallergic, and is the former President and Executive Director of the Queens Museum.

Register to attend Searching for Missing Narratives: Karol Radziszewski, Carlos Motta, and Laura Raicovich in Conversation on December 15, 2020, from 6–7:30pm (EST).

Searching for Missing Narratives is a result of a long-term partnership and collaboration with Nathalie Anglès, Executive Director at Residency Unlimited (RU). The program is initiated and funded by the Polish Cultural Institute New York and co-organized by RU. We are grateful to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art for promoting this conversation.