What is Transnational?
Transnational is a way of understanding, researching and curating which encourages the idea that art, artists and art histories are connected beyond their countries of origin. The word ‘transnational’ encourages us all to challenge and revise dominant art histories by highlighting the global exchanges and flow of artists and ideas.
What do we do?
Over the next five years, our vision is to redefine our existing collection of art and offer new perspectives on global art histories. Our research and programming will contribute to the reviewing and reframing of art histories. We will expand Tate’s existing commitment to developing its collections and programmes beyond Western Europe and North America.
In the below film, hear contributors to the Centre talk about its engagement with Tate’s collection, displays, exhibitions and public programmes, ensuring research is fully integrated into the workings of the museum.
What is planned?
The Centre’s research will inform future exhibitions, collection displays and acquisitions across all four Tate galleries. Our research will also be showcased on Tate’s website and social channels.
We will also produce one major symposium and six smaller events each year, shaped by and feeding into our research priorities. The Centre will proactively seek partnerships in order to widen our networks, both within and beyond the UK.
What are our priorities?
Our research priorities will be guided by Tate’s curatorial teams and the Centre’s adjunct curators working in the fields of indigeneity, Africa and the diaspora, and multiple modernisms. They will help to determine the strategic direction for future acquisitions, collection displays and exhibition programmes.
Looking at the concept of transnational from multiple points of view, some of the grounding questions that will shape the Centre’s first phase from 2019 to 2021 include:
How does the idea of transnational help us rethink multiple art histories and move beyond established narratives?
How does the idea of transnational relate to our understandings of British art, history and identity?
What are the creative contributions enabled by migration and diaspora?
What can we learn from First Nation and indigenous artists when rethinking the role of nation states in relation to art?
Opportunities to get involved
The Centre offers a variety of short-term posts that are designed specifically to offer developmental opportunities to researchers and curators from around the world. These are tiered to identify and support people at all stages of their careers. Opportunities, open calls and grant applications will be posted to this page when they arise.
We are currently inviting applications for our Travel Grant programme. Please see below for more information.
These posts provide curators and researchers with the opportunity to remain within the region they are working in and carry out field research in relevant areas for Tate.
This programme provides academics and curators with the opportunity to develop their independent research that aligns with Tate’s research interests.
From Alexandria to Tokyo: Art, Colonialism and Entangled Histories
Thursday 25 June – Friday 26 June 2020
Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational invites early career scholars and curators to apply for funding to attend the symposium From Alexandria to Tokyo: Art, Colonialism and Entangled Histories at the Academyhills in Tokyo on 25–26 June 2020.
Co-organised by Mori Art Museum and Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in collaboration with the Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, the symposium aims to decentre present-day debates on art and colonialism. While European colonialism and imperialism have become important themes in contemporary museum and academic discourses and exhibition practices, artistic perspectives on non-European colonialism and experiences of domination remain relatively understudied. This is the case despite the complex creations and legacies that these experiences have and continue to generate. Moreover, little comparative analysis has been done in this regard, especially as pertains to art. The symposium therefore aims to shed light on the multiplicity of colonialisms spanning from North Africa to East Asia and their role in the relational constitution of the modern world. In particular, it seeks to explore art and artist focused case studies that examine undisciplined histories, memory building and the conflicting, multivalent narratives these have generated.
This funding will allow early career scholars and curators to engage with specialists in the field of art and colonialism spanning from North Africa to East Asia and to meet with a broad network of researchers, curators and artists.
Participants in the travel grant programme will receive funds sufficient to cover their travel costs and three nights’ accommodation in Tokyo within a set limit. As part of receiving this grant, participants will need to complete a written report on the symposium to be published online, within a set deadline.
How to apply
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (400 words) in PDF format indicating how attending this symposium will benefit your work, together with names and contact details of two referees to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 24 February 2020 17.00 GMT.
Only successful candidates will be notified.