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Diverse Engagements and Collaborative Practice - Sonia Boyce
Tue 8 November 2016, 16:00 – 18:00 GMT
Common Ground and Create are partnering on this discussion event as part of the Create Debates and Common Ground’s CURIOUS CONVERSATIONS. This event will host a wide-ranging discussion exploring culturally diverse participatory art practices. Panel includes UK based artist Sonia Boyce, Vukasin Nedeljkovic of Asylum Archive and Dublin based artist Laragh Pittman who is currently working with a Muslim women’s group in the context of her CITIZEN ARTIST award. Drawing on direct project experience of these artists and collaborators, the discussion will focus on a range of questions on socially engaged art practice in the context of cultural diversity, ethics and representation; politics of engagement and also on the issue of how artists work with integrity, solidarity and real partnership with culturally diverse groups, avoiding the act of ‘Othering’ or ‘Exoticism?’
Sonia Boyce MBE is a British Afro-Caribbean artist who lives and works in London. She studied at Stourbridge College, West Midlands. Boyce’s early work addressed issues of race and gender in the media and in day-to-day life. She expressed these themes through large pastel drawings and photographic collages.
Her work has since shifted materially and conceptually by incorporating a variety of media such as photographs, collages, films, prints, drawings, installation and sound. Her recent work collaboratively brings the audience into sharper focus as an integral part of the artwork, between artist, vocalists and audience, demonstrating how cultural differences might be articulated, mediated and enjoyed. Boyce’s significant exhibitions include Five Black Women, African Centre, London (1983); Sonia Boyce: For you, only you, Magdalen College, Oxford and subsequent UK venues (2007 – 2008); and All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Arsenale and Giardini (2015).
Sonia currently acts as the principal researcher for Black Artists and Modernism (BAM) , a three-year research programme that investigates the artworks of Black-British artists and the works' relationship to modernism.
Boyce is represented in the permanent collections of Arts Council England and Tate Modern, London. In 2007, Boyce was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the arts. She is currently Professor of Fine Arts at Middlesex University, London and Professor of Black Art and Design at University of the Arts London.
Anne Mulhall is a lecturer in English in the School of English Drama and Film, University College Dublin. Her research and teaching interests include critical and cultural theory, particularly feminist, psychoanalytic and queer theory, 20th century and contemporary Irish writing and popular culture with a focus on issues of gender and sexuality, and migration studies. She has published extensively in both journals and book form with essays and monographs including 'Trafficking, sex work and migration in contemporary Irish cultural and political discourse'. The Irish University Review, 42 (1/2) Anne Mulhall (2013); 'A cure for melancholia? Queer sons, dead mothers and the fantasy of multiculturalism in McCabe's and Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto(s)' In: Margrit Shildrick & Noreen Giffney (eds). Theory on the Edge: Irish Studies and the Politics of Sexual Difference (essays in honour of Ailbhe Smyth). Basingstoke: Palgrave 2013 (2013) Anne Enright: Excavating the Present. Lewisberg, Pennsylvania: Bucknell University Press 2013
Born in Belgrade, Vukasin Nedeljkovic lives and works in Dublin. His work to date in Ireland explores themes of exile, displacement, trauma and memory. He works with photography video and audio. Vukasin is currently a PHD student at Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice at Dublin Institute of Technology. He graduated in 2003 from the Academy of Arts, Belgrade with a BA in Photography and he has a Masters in Visual Arts, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology.
He initiated the multidisciplinary project Asylum Archive. The exhibition of Asylum Archive was held at the Galway Arts Centre 13th February until 20th March 2015. He received the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Research & Development Award in 2011.
Asylum Archive is not a singular art project that stands ‘outside of society’ engaged in an internal conversation. Rather it is a platform open for dialogue and discussion inclusive to individuals who have experienced a sense of sociological/geographical ‘displacement’, social trauma and violence. It is an act of solidarity to bring a different perspective on the life of people who came to Ireland to seek protection.
Asylum Archive’s objective is to collaborate with asylum seekers, artists, academics, civil society activists and immigration lawyers, amongst others, with a view to creating an interactive documentary cross-platform online resource, critically foregrounding accounts of exile, displacement, trauma and memory.
Laragh Pittman is a visual artist. In 2016 studio 468 created a new awards programme CITIZEN ARTIST that seeks to interrogate the current state of being as a nation and inform new thinking and artistic practices. she was awarded the CITIZEN ARTIST award for her proposal The Invisible Museum. It will be designed to act as a repository to capture the complexity of experience of new people settling in Dublin city. It will visualise the often transient and unacknowledged contribution they make to the fabric of Irish life. The Invisible Museum is inspired by the Silent University: initiated by Turkish artist Ahmet Ögüt in 2012; an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Laragh’s CITIZEN ARTIST award will provide a framework and contact to further question socially engaged practice particularly in the area of cultural diversity. Since 2014 Laragh has engaged with a group of Muslim Women in Dublin 8. She seeks to expand her relationships with a wide range of local women living in Dublin 8 during her CITIZEN ARTIST award (Studio 468/Common Ground) and to create a space for conversation and discussion and create a slowly emerging communication and artwork.