To the Reader (A Prologue to Nü Sensitivity)

Shaun Motsi


Join us for a reading group organized by our artist in residence Shaun Motsi.

Shaun’s interest in how narratives are constructed, appropriated, undermined and propagated, both through his artistic praxis and through his writing. During his one-month residency at ODD, in Bucharest, and prior to the launch of his artist publication The Nü Sensitivity Reader, on June 9, Shaun will host a reading group featuring critical texts, that have been informing his research.

At large, the Nü Sensitivity project traces connections between narrativity, subjectivity, identity, and the world. More specifically, the project looks at how language and storytelling can designate a subject, how this, in turn, constitutes identity, how different identities produce different worlds, and, ultimately, how those worlds (or ideologies) relate to each other through conflict and resolution (hegemonic struggle, appropriation, undermining, persuasion, consensus, etc.).

Featuring texts by: Stuart Hall, Manthia Diawara, Okwui Enwezor and Bruno Latour. We recommend that you read the texts beforehand and that you highlight and prepare any questions or comments you might have, so we can have a conversation. Download PDFs here:

Manthia Diawara, Black Spectatorship: Problems of Identification and Resistance

Okwui Enwezor, The Postcolonial Constellation: Contemporary Art In A State of Permanent Transition

Stuart Hall, What is this ‘Black’ in Black Popular Culture?

Bruno Latour, Terroir, Globe, Earth. A New Political Triangle

On the same occasion, we are launching the small publication connected to the project devised by Shaun together with curator Adriana Blidaru. It is volume 2 of the project P R I V A T E L Y, published by Fractalia.