ART for Social Change (13” video)
Interview with Nitasha Dhillon & Amin Husain, MTL Collective
As the interview started, Nitasha Dhillon and Amin Husain started drawing almost immediately, or, so to speak, mapping their actions to explain the different stages of their production process.
Drawing is a strong manner of working for MTL Collective. Through drawings, they highlight underlying mechanisms of domination. It’s masterly done with Truth Chart 1, one of their first works, describing the process through which victims’ narratives were selected for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa.
During video ART for Social Change, MTL present and describe Decolonial Cultural Front, an action completed at the Brooklyn Museum in 2016.
This video was taken with a smartphone without any proper materials, nor preparation. It should be looked at as a work document. It tries to capture the very visual way of thinking of Nitasha and Amin, how they argue, agree and sometimes disagree, along with a lot amount of humour and good spirit.
For us, it is an invaluable document that helps us understand how art, research and organisation form integral part of their actions which aim to “open space for something to happen”.
By Annabelle Boissier, August 4, 2017