Informed by conversations with teachers, students, artists and academics, Key Words offers creative strategies to support open dialogue and champion art as a powerful tool and catalyst for change.
Artist Evan Ifekoya invites you to utilise the ambiguity of language to complicate the relationship between race and other aspects of identity (gender, class, sexuality, ability) as a way of supporting engaged, contextualised, meaningful conversation and recognition of difference.
The framing of this resource takes language as a starting point. More specifically, it draws on five keywords that through an expanded field of research and provocations, explores ideas around culture, ethics and identity in relation to art and pedagogy.
The keywords interrogated within this resource are:
Start from your own understanding of community and use artworks and artists practice to interrogate the word further.
Ask your students: What communities or collectives are you part of?
Think through ideas of culture, identity and privilege to question how your own experiences shape how you make, talk about and interpret art in the classroom.
Ask your students: How might you do things differently tomorrow?
Enter an artists discussion on existing models for mapping art history and question the gaps in your own knowledge to expand and explore the representation of cultural difference in the classroom.
Ask your students: How would you map your own canon of art history? / Where are the gaps in your own knowledge of art history?
Unpick the power and politics of collecting, archiving, and documenting and find tools and tips for uncovering artists practice/expanding references in the classroom.
Ask your students: How have artists taken control of their own narratives?
Complicate the relationship between race and other aspects of identity – ability, gender, class, sexuality – and open up meaningful conversations and recognition of difference…
Ask your students: What impact does your own health have on your practice?