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The Role of Contemporary Art in Gentrification & Land Grabs

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Tirdad Zolghadr will speak about contemporary art’s complicity with gentrification schemes and the role it has to play in land grabs.

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The Role of Contemporary Art in Gentrification, Urban Development & Land Grabs with Tirdad Zolghadr

Thursday 3 June, 6 – 8pm

Tirdad Zolghadr will speak about contemporary art’s complicity with gentrification schemes and the role it has to play in land grabs and urban development. Foregrounding alternative ways of working in an urban context and proactive methods of utilising the traction of contemporary art Tirdad will discuss curated projects including STATISTA and REALTY.

Tirdad Zolghadr is a curator and writer. Since 2017 he has been artistic director of the Sommerakademie Paul Klee. Curatorial work includes biennial settings as well as long-term, research-driven efforts, most recently as associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, 2016-20. Writing includes TRACTION: an applied and polemical Attempt to locate Contemporary Art, Sternberg Press 2016. Ongoing work on Zolghadr’s third novel, Headbanger, is made possible thanks to generous support from the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.

This event will take place online via Zoom. A link will be sent to attendees via email 1hr before the event is due to start.

This event is part of the NMG Development Programme (2021 – 2022) intended to support both established artists and individuals with an interest in working in contemporary art. The project will include an expansive programme of free discussions, workshops and activities centred around NMG associates and available to the general public.

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