Curated by Chilean theorist Nelly Richard, the Politics and Aesthetics of Memory Chair articulates different initiatives of training, research and public activities in the Museo Reina Sofía. This programme of analysis and reflection — put together at the crossroads between the aesthetic, the theoretical, the critical and the political — conceives of memory as an agent with which to decipher and re-read incomplete narratives, the fragments and scenes of which continue to question the present; memory that transmits the expressive power of struggles and frustrations, becoming renewed aspirations for change.
The social uprisings surfacing across the globe, the crisis to the capitalist system laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and the exceptional situations that modify as much the behaviour of States as the social order, presented to us as democracy, form today’s grounds to reflect on bodies and the economy, life and capital, destruction and preservation, subjectivity and institutionality, violence and language, memories of experience and creative imagination.
On this occasion, the Chair programme comprises a two-session online seminar, conducted by Nelly Richard, a film series subdivided into five programmes, including a conversation between film-maker Carmen Castillo and Nelly Richard, and a closing lecture by Judith Butler.
Education programme developed with the sponsorship of the