Actions and Detail Panel
Refugee Week - Imagining Diaspora in the Age of Refugees
Tue 21 June 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
This panel discussion of artists, activists and writers will ask how we might re-imagine diaspora in the age of the refugee. With millions being displaced internally and externally by war, climate change, drought and disaster--to say nothing of poverty--the dominant response has been to build walls and erect legal barriers. The initial optimism of 'we can do this' has been replaced by a desire to contain and control. How do we imagine the humanity of others? How do we visualize openness, democracy, sharing and love? What histories do we need to draw on? What futures do we now imagine? Who is the 'we' in the age of refugees?
susan pui san lok is an artist, researcher and writer and Associate Professor in Fine Art at Middlesex University. Projects range across installation, moving image, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in notions of nostalgia and aspiration, place and migration, translation and diaspora. A Co-investigator in the AHRC-funded Black Artists and Modernism project led by Professor Sonia Boyce, susan’s work is currently being shown at CFCCA (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art) as part of their 30th anniversary programme.
Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and deputy Director of the International Association for Visual Culture. Among his many publications are How To See The World (Pelican, 2015), which was a New Scientist Top Ten book for 2015, and Diaspora and Visual Culture: Representing Africans and Jews (Routledge, 2000). Recent work has engaged with images of refugees, the Israel-Palestine situation and the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the United States. He has written for the Guardian, The New Republic and opendemocracy.net.
Joshua Llewellyn forms part of London based film collective Somebody Nobody, producing challenging pieces of work on a variety of media, from 16mm to digital cinematography expanding upon the narrative possibilities of moving image, creative documentary and animation. Recent work has included JUS SOLI - An experimental film that examines the Black British experience; Interrupting the emotional transition between generations and questioning what it means to be British. Screening at a number of European and International film festivals during 2015/16 including the 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany), receiving its first award at the Athens 2016 International film and video awards in the Best Experimental film category.