Please join us for a virtual discussion on November 17th organised in the context of Sanaz Sohrabi's exhibition Hiding in Plain Sight: Archives of Oil (on view until November 27). In this conversation, Sohrabi and Cameron Hu will explore how petroleum shaped anticolonial culture, thought, and practice in the turbulent wake of World War II. Placing Sohrabi's archival inquiries into Iranian resource nationalism and anti-colonial mobilization within regional and global histories of carbon economy and transnational solidarity, they will reflect on the ambivalent legacies of post-colonial resource nationalism.
Cameron Hu is an anthropologist of technoscientific capitalism and liberal empire. His ethnographic and historical work examines the geopolitics of the multinational oil corporation, the disciplines of the earth sciences, and liberal grammars of historicity, action, and finitude. He has published widely in platforms for social theory, science studies, art and architecture criticism, and literary nonfiction. With the collective LiCo he produces fiction and films, most lately the single-channel video “this extraordinary rock,” shown at Het Nieuw Instituut in Rotterdam and the Smart Museum in Chicago. Cameron received a PH.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2021 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Konrad Lorenz institute in Vienna. He is completing a manuscript, Knowing Destroying: the Geopolitics of Fracking and the Metaphysics of Imperialism.