Unsettling: Settlers of Catan is a playful, discursive intervention into the popular board game, Settlers of Catan. Artist Golboo Amani disrupts its colonial narratives with methodologies of treaties, collaboration, and allyship, inserting new game pieces, cards, and rules. With these new tools, players develop strategies of building on and repatriation of the colonized landscape, offering the opportunity to play out strategies for radical, social, political, and industrial change.
Join us for a fun, family-friendly afternoon of playing Unsettling: Settlers of Catan with the artist! On two Saturday afternoons in November, Biennial visitors can play the full game set with facilitated guidance from card dealers and the artist. Free ticket registration is required to play the full game, or join at any time to watch, or participate by tag-teaming.
Alternative Date: Saturday, November 23 | 2-5pm
Image Credit: Unsettling: Settlers of Catan, 2019. Photo: Sue Holland.
Golboo Amani (born in Iran; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is a multidisciplinary artist, who utilizes familiar social engagements as ready-made sites for aesthetical intervention and critical discourse. Amani’s work often addresses formal sites of pedagogy and conditions that render epistemic violence as invisible, insignificant and benign. By expanding sites of pedagogy to include streets, backyards, homes and public transit, Amani aims to produce non-hierarchical learning experiences that speak to collective agency and egalitarian epistemology.