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#Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk About Institutional Life No. 2

Oct 12, 2023 | 6 pm CEST | online | group conversation

Let’s Talk About Institutional Life No. 2

This open group conversation discusses structural discrimination and systemic violence in cultural institutions.

In recent years, cultural institutions such as museums and art schools have been increasingly promoting “diversity” and “decolonization” through employing diversity workers, changing curricula, and seemingly giving more visibility to diverse perspectives. However, institutional structures remain predominantly white, able-bodied, heteronormative, male, and cis-gendered. As a result, these measures perpetuate and solidify colonial power structures, allowing tokenism and exclusion to persist, and othering non-hegemonic perspectives. Those fighting institutionalized discrimination within its structures frequently face systemic violence, further increasing their emotional toll and precarious working conditions.

💬 How can we address cultural appropriation, discrimination, and tokenism in cultural institutions?
💬 What practices can we develop to foster change from within?
💬 What alternatives can we create to institutional structures?

“Let’s Talk” is an open conversation format to exchange working methods, research topics, and issues related to working in the fields of arts and design, culture, and education. It aims to connect across disciplines, support one another in professional struggles, and inspire to learn from each other’s questions, doubts, concerns, and victories.

This event will not be recorded.
Language: English with close-captions.

Registration opens October 3!

The session is free and open to all; however, participation is limited to 30 spots, so please register only if you are sure that you will attend.


This event is possible thanks to a generous grant from the Kanton Basel-Stadt