Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Cancelled — Unsettling Settlers of Catan with Golboo Amani

Friday, March 13, 2020

5:30pm – 9:00pm

Studio 3, Granoff Center

Unsettling Settlers of Catan with Golboo Amani is a games night and artist talk facilitated by Toronto-based artist Golboo Amani. Unsettling Settlers disrupts the regular play of the popular board game Settlers of Catan by introducing land reclamations, roadblocks, allyships, and environmental crises to the usual game play premised on limitless expansion. Amani’s intervention makes visible the settler colonial fantasies of uninhibited expropriation, extraction, and exploitation inherent to the original game play, and the ways that these imperial practices and projects are emulated in unsuspecting realms of leisure. After the game, participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and reflections on the intervention.  

If possible, RSVP to Sherena Razek (sherena_razek@brown.edu) to reserve your seat in a game, but drop-in players are welcome to join or observe. 

Golboo Amani is a multi-disciplinary artist best known for her performance and social practice works. Amani utilizes familiar social engagements and patterns of performativity as ready-made sites for aesthetic intervention and critical engagement. Amani’s work often addresses the conditions of knowledge production that render epistemic violence as invisible, insignificant and benign. Much of her work focuses on interventions or alternatives to formal sites of pedagogy to include forms, contexts and content normally excluded from institutionalized knowledge production. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including the Toronto Biennial of Art, Art Gallery of York University, Creative Time Summit, Art Gallery of Ontario, Articule, XPACE Artist-Run Centre, Encuentro: Hemispheric Institute, Union Gallery, and the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art.

In support of our community's continued health, if you are not feeling well for any reason, please consider staying home rather than attending the event. For up-to-date information, including campus travel restrictions, please visit the University’s COVID-19 Updates website


Art History from the South