How do artists change our view of the world? This fascinating panel discussion considers how artists and galleries create and present work that disrupts our prevailing interpretations of everyday reality.
Speakers include artists Claudette Johnson and Zineb Sedira and writer and curator Gilane Tawadros. The event will be chaired by Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford
The galleries, shop and café will be open from 6pm, the event will start promptly at 6.30pm.
Recent exhibitions include Claudette Johnson, Hollybush Gardens, London (2017); No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990, Guildhall Art Gallery, London (2015-16); Thin Black Line(s), Tate Britain (2012). Other previous exhibitions included Transforming the Crown: African, Asian and Caribbean Artists in Britain 1966-1986, Royal Festival Hall, London, and The Caribbean Cultural Centre, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (1997); In This Skin: Drawings by Claudette Johnson, Black Art Gallery, London (1992); The Image Employed: The Use of Narrative in Black Art, Cornerhouse, Manchester (1987); The Thin Black Line, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1986); Into the Open: New Paintings, Prints and Sculptures by Black Contemporary Artists, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield (1984); Black Women Time Now, Battersea Arts Centre, London (1983); Five Black Women Artists, Africa Centre, London (1983). Johnson’s work is also in the collections of Tate, The Rugby Art Gallery, Mappin Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Arts Council England.
Preserving and transmitting memories of the past in order to leave a legacy for the future has often been at the core of Zineb Sedira’s work and, over the fifteen years, she has enriched the debate around the concepts of modernism, modernity and its manifestations in an inclusive way. Sedira has also addressed environmental and geographical issues. Using portraits, landscapes, language and archival research, she has developed a polyphonic vocabulary, spanning fiction, documentary and more poetic and lyrical approaches. Sedira has worked in installation, photography, film, video and she has recently returned to object-making.
Gilane Tawadros is the Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists rights management organisation and she established the Art360 Foundation in 2016. She is a curator and writer and was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA) in London, chaired by Professor Stuart Hall, which, over a decade, achieved an international reputation as a ground-breaking cultural agency at the leading edge of artistic and cultural debates nationally and internationally. She is Vice-Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation. She was co-curator of the exhibitions Transmission Interrupted (2010) and Veil (2003) both of which were exhibited at Modern Art, Oxford. Her forthcoming anthology The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon: Global Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Difference is due to be published by Bloomsbury in November 2019.