OCAD's Faculty of Art, in partnership with the Textile Museum of Canada, presents an evening with cultural theorist Sarat Maharaj.
Sarat Maharaj is a South African cultural theorist based in the UK who has written prolifically on textiles as expressions of cultural translation and globalization in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has held many academic positions, among them Professorial Fellow, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Professor of Visual Art and Knowledge Systems, Lund University, Sweden.
Maharaj will look at visual arts practice/textiles and textiles
processes as forms and modes of knowledge production. But what sorts of
knowledge do they generate? What ways of 'knowing the other' and 'other ways
of knowing' are spawned in these spaces of the knowledge economy? He will
try to explore this in relation to the contemporary migrations - the scene
of translation, the demand for assimilation and the ethics of difference shaping up today.
Material Witness is a groundbreaking lecture and workshop series, developed by the Textile Museum of Canada. This series brings together international thinkers and artists who will address textile concepts and practices through several lenses, including those of ethno-anthropology, current practices by artists who use textiles as media and inspiration and theories of cultural translation and diversity.
Presented with the support of the Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts.