Online event Conference

Itinerant Imaginaries

White text on blue back ground reads Itinerant Imaginaries: An Online Seminar Series 7-8 June 2021

How can archival experimentation help us question national narratives told through the work of Black artists and artists of colour in Britain?

Creating Interference and CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media), University of Westminster invite you to three events constituting the first half of a conversation that will continue in October 2021.

These online gatherings aim to address the impasse we are currently facing by applying non-linear, collective and fragmentary methodologies to the work of Black artists and artists of colour situated in Britain and the diaspora. The conversations will address critical questions relating to intertwined histories of empire, memory, forgetting, radical collecting practices and the process of unsettling national archives.

In the first of the three events (7 June, 18.00–20.00), keynote speaker Françoise Vergès (public educator, writer and activist) will talk about activist approaches to knowledge work, decolonial feminism and archives, and anti-racist strategies urgently needed for our future.

In the second event (8 June, 14.00–16.00), Sepake Angiama (Artistic Director, Iniva) and Rose Nordin (graphic designer and illustrator) will critically engage with artistic practices that challenge national institutional frameworks and introduce DIY cultures.

In the final event (8 June, 18.00–20.00), Roshini Kempadoo (media artist, photographer and scholar) will chair a discussion between Annie Jael Kwan (curator, researcher and co-founder of Asia-Art-Activism), Bisan Abu Eisheh (artist and researcher) and Chandra Frank (curator, writer and researcher) about how artists/activists with relationships to the Global South speak back to and/or evade national formations.

The British Art Network is supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with additional public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Online Event

This event will be held online via Zoom. The seminars will be live transcribed using Otter.ai. All events will be recorded for later publication that will include BSL interpretation.

Dates

7 June 2021 at 18.00–20.00

8 June 2021 at 14.00–16.00

8 June 2021 at 18.00–20.00