Reading Fish Teachers with Pacific Ocean writer Syaman Rapongan / Upcoming seminar / LUCA Brussels / May 31st

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The deep histories fragile memories research group and the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture are pleased to invite writer Syaman Rapongan of the Pacific island of Pongso no Tao to lead a collective reading of interspecies stories from his novel Eyes of the Sky.

As an Indigenous writer-fisherman and in resistance to Taiwanese settler colonial operations, he explores ways fish teach Tao islanders to survive and share an oceanic environment. Doctoral researcher Joeri Verbesselt, neighbour to Rapongan during his stay on the island and reader of his work, has learned from the author the limits and possibilities of conducting research as an outsider. This seminar introduces a Belgian audience to Rapongan’s ocean world and takes the time to reflect on our position as researchers in current decolonial debates.

The seminar is an invitation-only closed event. Please contact Joeri if you have interest to attend.

Follow Joeri Verbesselt:
Joeri Verbesselt (°1990) is an artist and researcher interested in ecological imaginaries and grounding the human-animal relationship. His graduation film 'retreat' (2020) was screened internationally and he has published several essays and a short story. Since November 2019, his artistic research has been clustered in a Ph.D. in Arts, for which he obtained a fellowship from the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). Joeri is a member of the 'Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture' (University of Leuven) and the artist and research collective 'deep histories fragile memories' (LUCA School of Arts, Brussels). Currently, he is working between Belgium and Indigenous contexts on Taiwan and Pongso no Tao.