Who Owns Histories of ‘Art Activism’ in Britain?

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Queen Mary University of London

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Hosted by the School of History, Queen Mary University of London, and Platform: London

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Who Owns Histories of ‘Art Activism’ in Britain?

Join artists, activists, academics, and curators to discuss contested histories of ‘art activism’ and how they shape practice.

10 September 2019, 9am–6pm

Queen Mary University of London, Arts One Lecture Theatre

Free but limited places.

In an era characterised by Brexit, the rise of the Right, and escalating climate chaos, what is the role of ‘art activism’ in Britain? Specifically, how do the visual arts generate change, as well as reflect it? As ‘art activism’ becomes ever more visible and in vogue, it is increasingly urgent to deepen our understanding of its histories to inform practice, withstand institutionalisation, and keep the focus on social and ecological justice. We are especially interested to challenge ownership of the framing of ‘art activism’, considering practices that are under-explored or marginalised even within activism, that disrupt traditional narratives, or that reach deep into the nineteenth- or early twentieth-century past.

This one-day conference will facilitate dialogue between artists, scholars, and those engaged with activism and politics to pool insights about how and whose histories of art activism have shaped thinking and practices.

Schedule:

9.00 Registration

9.15 Welcome from Chloe Ward (QMUL) and Jane Trowell (Platform)

9.30 Panel 1

  • Hamja Ahsan, "DIY Activism from Hillsborough to the War on Terror"
  • Dorcas Casey, "Make More Noise: Making contemporary banners for PROCESSIONS"
  • Barby Asante, "For June Jordan's On the Loss of Energy (and Other Things): Reflections on Tiredness "

11.00 Tea

11.30 Panel 2

  • Farzana Khan, "DREAMING-IN: Visionary practice and public imagination"
  • Jo Verrent, "'Every breath is an act of resistance’: A viewpoint on art, disability and activism"
  • Gavin Grindon, "Varying frames for activist art"

1.00 Lunch

2pm Panel 3

  • Hilary Robinson, "But Does it Work in Theory? Androcentric blind spots and omissions"
  • Claire Mead, "Lavender walls: curating queerness and queering curation in the art museum"
  • Lena Mohamed, "The Innocence of Objects: Museums, Art and Empire"

3.30 Tea

4.00 Round Table

5.15 Reception

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Queen Mary University of London

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London

E1 4NS

United Kingdom

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