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NO EDEN: 'Protest, and the Art of Protest' a panel discussion

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Greenham Common Control Tower

Burys Bank Road

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Newbury

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Protest, and the Art of Protest

This panel discussion is part of the exhibition NO EDEN by the Reading-based artist Robert Fitzmaurice which is at Greenham Control Tower until 29th May.

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Protest can take many forms. It is often encountered in public spaces and collective actions such as marches, rallies and graffiti, and of course at the peace camps of Greenham. Yet protest may also appear in other forms that are less immediate and interventionist such as texts, lectures and works of art. This discussion considers these different perspectives and what connections exist between making art and protesting.

The Panelists

Dr Rebecca Johnson is the founding Co-Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), 2017 Nobel Laureate, and long-time feminist peace campaigner. She lived at the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp from 1982-87, and will share stories and songs from that time.

Güler Ates makes art historical references which are both reverential and subversive. By acknowledging Orientalism, a genre created by and for European male artists that is often considered mere aesthetic indulgences of erotic desire rather than accurate or cognisant depictions of the Middle East, Ates asks us to reconsider these tropes.

Kirsty Harris is an artist and curator living in London. Her work investigates the atom bomb. While referencing the scale, beauty and abhorrent nature of these events, she delves into the periphery of the subject - the myths, characters and surrounding evidence. As a child, Kirsty Harris regularly attended CND protests with her family, this dichotomy of sentiment - dread and awe - drives her practice.

Robert Fitzmaurice makes art about the human condition, rites of passage and identity. For NO EDEN he presents images that not only reflect upon gender roles highlighted by the history of the peace camps but also the problematic language used by men of power who since antiquity associate violence and destruction with virility.

The Chair

Meg Thomas is a director of Greenham Control Tower Ltd. She has a lifelong interest in the arts and since her retirement from Medicine in 2014 has been active as a volunteer at local heritage sites and a board member since the creation of Greenham Control Ltd in 2017.

Each panelist will talk in turn about their own practice and opinions, followed by further group discussion.

There will be two sessions with a break inbetween for refreshments. The afternoon will close with panellists taking questions from the audience.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England



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