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One-day Conference: Slaves of Fashion: Archives, Art and Ethics

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Walker Art Gallery

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To accompany The Singh Twins’ major new exhibition ‘Slaves of Fashion’, National Museums Liverpool and the University of Liverpool are hosting a one-day conference open to the public to explore the issues raised by the Twins’ new artworks.

This conference, on 17 March 2018, will bring together artists, academics, activists and the general public to consider how artworks can reveal hidden histories that remain relevant today. In addition, and using the exhibition of artworks as a starting point, it aims to encourage reflection on how abuses of the past associated with the creation of trade and a luxury consumer lifestyle, readily evident in the city of Liverpool with its role as a major slaving port in the transatlantic slave trade, are still present in the twenty-first century. Confirmed speakers are The Singh Twins, Professor Kate Marsh (University of Liverpool), Zachary Kingdon (curator of the Africa collections in the World Museum, Liverpool) and Joanna Long (founder of the Ethical Consumer Organisation).

The conference will begin at 10.30 a.m. with a guided tour of the exhibition by The Singh Twins. Following lunch, the afternoon will include three talks: a discussion of the exhibition from a historical perspective (Prof Kate Marsh), a curatorial talk (Dr Zachary Kingdon) and, thirdly, a talk addressing the ethical issues associated with consumer culture today (Dr Joanna Long). The day will end with a roundtable in which the speakers will respond to the Twins’ artworks and discuss questions raised by the public.

Catering will be provided.

For further enquiries, please contact Professor Kate Marsh clmarsh@liverpool.ac.uk

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