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Art in Real Life: Migration

​Olafur Eliasson: Green light – An artistic workshop In collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, 2016
57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia VIVA ARTE VIVA, 2017
Photo: Damir Zizic​ 

How can artists and arts institutions respond to the migrant crisis?

We live in a time of mass migration where the global movement of people has reached a record high. Since 2015, what has come to be known as Europe's 'migrant crisis' has dominated headlines, becoming a key battleground in a shifting political landscape.

Against this backdrop, responses from artists and arts institutions have taken many forms, from the high-profile inclusion of provocative artworks in international biennials to grassroots participatory projects with migrant communities.

Many recent examples see artists collaborate with NGOs, lawyers, politicians and activist groups, with projects presented in ever-expanding contexts within and beyond the art world.

Taking Olafur Eliasson’s project Green Light – An artistic workshop (2015-ongoing) as a catalyst, this panel will question how artists and art institutions can engage with migration in a moment of crisis. Examining a broad range of strategies, the panellists will discuss the potential of art and its limits.

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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18 November 2019 at 18.30–20.00



£8 Concessions

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