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Elizabeth Povinelli and Sarah Rosalena in Conversation

Arts, Technology and Social Change 

Montage image of anthropologist Elizabeth Povinelli and artist Sarah Rosalena.

Join artist Sarah Rosalena and anthropologist and filmmaker Elizabeth Povinelli for a discussion on the intersections of art, craft, and Indigenous futures.

This event celebrates Rosalena’s mid-career survey, Sarah Rosalena: In All Directions, presented by the Columbus Museum of Art at The Pizzuti. Through the conversation, you’ll learn how Rosalena’s hybrid forms of textile, ceramic, and beadwork combine traditional and Indigenous techniques through emerging technologies. Her research and use of materials will leave you with questions to consider. What are the boundaries between the ancient and the futuristic, the human and the nonhuman, the handmade and the autonomous, the earthly and the otherworldly?  
Povinelli, whose films the Wex has previously featured, contributed an essay on Rosalena’s anti-colonial art and technology practice for the exhibition catalogue. A film by Povinelli and her collaborators in the Karrabing Film Collective is also on view at the Columbus Museum of Art. A Q&A follows the program.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Ohio State’s Department of History of Art and the Columbus Museum of Art. This dialogue is part of the Arts, Technology and Social Change series, a micro-residency program sponsored by Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme. 

More about the Arts, Technology and Social Change series

The Arts, Technology and Social Change series is a new initiative conceived by Ohio State’s Department of History of Art, Department of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Translational Data Analytics Institute. The residency program is a cross-department platform that involves public engagement on campus and around Columbus to explore questions on technology and social change in our contemporary moment.

"By melding contemporary technology with Indigenous tradition, [Rosalena] rewires our relationship to the land and its history."
Artist Sarah Rosalena faces the camera. She has medium-toned skin, long dark hair, and wears a black shirt and jacket.

Sarah Rosalena, photo: Star Montana.

Elizabeth Povinelli smiles at the camera. She has light skin, short white hair, and wears a white shirt. Two paintings hang behind her.

Elizabeth Povinelli, photo: Gavin Bianamu.

More about the artists

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Elizabeth Povinelli is a critical theorist and filmmaker. Her writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late settler liberalism that would support an anthropology of social and political alternatives. This potential theory has unfolded across 8 books, numerous essays, and 35 years of collaboration with her Indigenous colleagues in north Australia including, most recently, 8 films they have created as members of the Karrabing Film Collective.

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Sarah Rosalena (Wixárika) is an interdisciplinary artist and weaver based in Los Angeles. Her work deconstructs technology with material interventions, creating new narratives for hybrid objects. They collapse binaries and borders, creating new theories of knowledge between Earth and space. Rosalena is an assistant Professor of Art at University of California Santa Barbara in Computational Craft and Haptic Media.

Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme
American Electric Power Foundation

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Big Lots Foundation 
 Ingram-White Castle Foundation  
The Ohio State University Office of Outreach & Engagement  
Ohio Arts Council  

Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation 
Ohio Department of Development  
Greater Columbus Arts Council  
The Wexner Family  
Institute of Museum and Library Services  
Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts


Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme  
The Columbus Foundation 
 Nationwide Foundation  
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease 
Mike and Paige Crane  
Axium Packaging  
Nancy Kramer  
Ohio State Energy Partners  
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection  

Larry and Donna James  
Bruce and Joy Soll  
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle
Jones Day  
Alex and Renée Shumate  


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Elizabeth Povinelli and Sarah Rosalena in Conversation