The New Social Environment#886

Projects: Dineo Seshee Bopape

Featuring Bopape, Martha Joseph and Jill H. Casid, with Gabriel Ramirez


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Dineo Seshee Bopape and curator Martha Joseph join Rail contributor Jill H. Casid for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Gabriel Ramirez.

In this talk

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Dineo Seshee Bopape

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Photo by Matteo De Fina
Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in the year of the golden rooster, 1981 on a Sunday. If she were Ghanaian, her name would be akosua/akos for short. Bopape lives in Southern Africa. She has shown her work internationally in numerous solo exhibitions, most recently in 2022 at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan; Ocean Space, Venice; and Secession, Vienna, and in 2021 at Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. She co-represented South Africa at the Venice Biennial in 2019.

Martha Joseph

Black and white photo of Martha Joseph
Photo by Chris Carr
Martha Joseph is a curator and writer specializing in contemporary art and performance. At the Museum of Modern Art, she is The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Assistant Curator of Media and Performance. She is on the curatorial team for The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, MoMA’s space for live and time-based art. She has organized exhibitions, commissions, and performances, including Projects: Dineo Seshee Bopape. Before joining MoMA she worked at The Whitney and The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). She received her Masters degree in the History of Art from Williams College; a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Oberlin College; and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory.

Jill H. Casid

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An artist-theorist and historian, Jill H. Casid holds the appointment of Professor of Visual Studies in the Departments of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Casid is bringing to completion Doing Things with Being Undone in the Necrocene, the first part of a two-book project on Form at the Edges of Life. Casid is the author of Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization (Minnesota, 2005), Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (Minnesota, 2015) which is in Spanish translation (Metales Pesados, 2022), and the co-edited collection Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn (Yale, 2014). Casid’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the steirischerherbst ‘23 in Graz.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Gabriel Ramirez reading.

Gabriel Ramirez

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Gabriel Ramirez is a Queer Afro-Latinx writer, performer and educator. A 2023 Gregory Djanikian Scholar in Poetry at Adroit Journal, Gabriel has received fellowships from Palm Beach Poetry Festival, The Conversation Literary Arts Festival, CantoMundo, and Miami Book Fair. He is a graduate fellow at The Watering Hole, and a participant in the Callaloo Writer’s Workshops. You can find his work in publications like POETRY, Muzzle Magazine, Adroit Journal, The Volta, Split This Rock, BOMB, Acentos Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and others, as well as Bettering American Poetry Anthology (Bettering Books 2017), What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press 2019), and The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Press 2020).

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.