Identity Complex: Identity representation within global exhibition-making

From: 7th June 2024 10:00 am

To: 7th June 2024 5:00 pm

Bonington Gallery

Bonington Gallery, Dryden Street, Nottingham, UK




AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded symposium hosted by the Bonington Gallery, Nottingham.

Identity Complex consists of a one-day symposium focusing on identity representation in the context of international, large-scale, survey exhibitions of contemporary art. It aims to provide new insights into the challenges involved in the staging of these exhibitions.

The symposium seeks to bring together renowned artists, curators, academics, and researchers across the Midlands and beyond to contribute to a growing body of research and curatorial practice relating to the relationship between identity, contemporary art, and globalisation.

How can we understand identity representation in a globalised world? Is it still sustainable to think about exhibitions grounded on a nation-based framework? How do we approach different epistemologies within global exhibition-making?

Drawing on these enquiries, the symposium aims to explore various perspectives on the subject while fostering debate among artists, curators, academics, and researchers. The confirmed line up includes:

Dr Shwetal A. Patel, writer and researcher working at the intersection of contemporary art and its production, research practice, and development theory, and founding member of India’s first biennial, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Sunil Shah, artist, writer, and PhD candidate at Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL) researching art and exhibition histories with a particular focus on Okwui Enwezor’s Documenta11 (2002).

Dr Yaiza Hernández Velázquez, transdisciplinary researcher and lecturer in visual cultures at Goldsmiths, with a particular interest in the histories and theories of curating, archiving and museum-making and in the visual cultures of tourism.

Jessica Taylor, curator and deputy artistic director at International Curators Forum and curator of the Diaspora Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Abdulrazaq Awofeso, sculptor and installation artist living and working between Birmingham, UK, and Lagos, Nigeria.

Ibiye Camp, artist, architect, and fashion designer living between London and Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Co-convenors: Caroline Fucci (University of Leicester) & Claudia Di Tosto (University of Warwick)

The attendance to the event is free. Lunch, coffee breaks, and drinks at the end of the study day will also be provided to attendants. Detailed agenda TBC.


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