Art and Decolonization Seminar

Tuesday 15 October 2019. 10:00 – Wednesday 16 October 2019. 17:30

Our second joint seminar in our long-term collaboration with Museu de Arte de São Paulo, this two-day event will continue to explore the theme of art and decolonization. The seminar will provide a forum for cultural theorists, curators and artists from South America, Africa, the United States and Europe to raise questions and proposals for the reinterpretation of non-canonical and decolonized museum exhibitions and collections.

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‘Trophies of Empire’ Archive Study Day

– Saturday 5 October 2019. 14:00

Split across sites in Liverpool, Bristol and Hull, the landmark 1992–93 exhibition ‘Trophies of Empire’ was initiated by artist Keith Piper and Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool, co-organised with Arnolfini and Hull Time Based Arts. For it, artists were invited to respond to the histories of British imperial power and the transatlantic slave trade, and their imprint on the present, particularly in relation to the three host port cities. Gathering together new artistic commissions and live art performances, each element of ‘Trophies of Empire’ was designed to interrogate and challenge the life and legacy of British colonialism. The exhibition was set against the backdrop of two significant geopolitical events in 1992: the quincentenary of Columbus’ colonial ‘discovery’ of the Americas, and consolidation of ‘Fortress Europe’ with the founding of the European Union by the Maastricht Treaty.

With the participation of Keith Piper and Bryan Biggs (Bluecoat), this event brings together artists, academics and people involved in ‘Trophies of Empire’ to look in detail at this far-reaching exhibition. The afternoon will begin with an in-conversation between Piper, Biggs and Louis Hartnoll, followed by a roundtable led by art historian Anjalie Dalal-Clayton (University of the Arts London). In between the two public discussions, attendees will have the chance to look through a range of materials related to the exhibition held in the Arnolfini Archive.

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Afterall Journal Issue 48 Launch

– Thursday 3 October 2019. 18:00

To celebrate the launch of the anniversary issue, ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of Afterall’, we are pleased to host an event at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London on Thursday 3 October. Afterall Directors Charles Esche and Mark Lewis will be joined by Afterall editor Ute Meta Bauer and contributing editor Charles Stankievech to discuss two decades of Afterall and the role publishing plays in their curatorial and artistic practices.

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Reading Group: Afterall Journal and The Political Animal

– Monday 22 July 2019. 18:30

Afterall is pleased to announce a new series of collaborative reading groups with our first session led by The Political Animal taking place at Arts Catalyst, London.

To mark each new issue of the journal, Afterall is inviting a UK-based reading group to identify a text from the current issue and pair it with external readings and films. To celebrate issue 47 we will be reading Filipa Ramos’s text ‘Other Faces: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook's Interspecies Engagements’, screening a film by Rasjarmrearnsook and reading a secondary text focusing on the symbolic relationship between dogs and humans in contemporary Thailand. RSVP essential to olga_koroleva@hotmail.co.uk to receive the pre-reading before the session.

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Art and Decolonization: Afterall MASP Symposium

Monday 20 May 2019. 10:30 – Tuesday 21 May 2019. 18:00

Art and Decolonization
A two-day symposium by Afterall and MASP at Central Saint Martins 20–21 May 2019

This symposium is part of the research project ‘Art and Decolonization’ jointly led by Afterall and the Museu de arte de São Paulo (MASP) and funded by the British Academy Newton Fellowship. It has been convened by Yaiza Hernández Velázquez and students of MRes Art: Exhibition Studies.

The symposium is open to UAL staff and students and registered guests, to register your interest please write to y.hernandez@csm.arts.ac.uk

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Afterall Journal Launch Issue 47 with a conversation between Ute Meta Bauer and Michael A. Mel

– Sunday 12 May 2019. 15:00

On the occasion of the publication of Afterall journal issue 47, ‘Situated Practices and Conditioned Positions’, we are pleased to host a launch event in collaboration with TBA21-Academy at the Ocean Space, at the Church of San Lorenzo in Venice on Sunday 12 May 2019, 15:00.

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Afterall Journal Launch Issue 47 with a Conversation between Naeem Mohaiemen and Charles Stankievech

– Monday 29 April 2019. 18:30

On the occasion of the publication of Afterall journal issue 47, ‘Situated Practices and Conditioned Positions’, we are pleased to host a launch event at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design in Toronto on Monday 29 April 2019. Devised by the editorial team in Singapore and Istanbul in the last year, the issue looks at practices that encounter fragments and facets of histories otherwise not seen or told, complicating the understanding of ever-changing alliances of powers and world orders.

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Exhibition Histories Talk: Charles Gaines

– Thursday 18 April 2019. 19:00

We are pleased to announce the seventeenth in our series of talks analysing and contextualising exhibitions through the personal accounts of the curators responsible, co-organised with Whitechapel Gallery, London.

On Thursday 18 April, artist and curator Charles Gaines will be in conversation with Afterall editor Louis Hartnoll and writer and researcher John Tain discussing ‘The Theater of Refusal: Black Art and Mainstream Criticism’. Opening at the Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine in 1993, ‘The Theater of Refusal’ foregrounded questions of structural racism by juxtaposing works by African-American artists with their reception in mainstream arts criticism. First proposed by Gaines in 1989 and developed through extended dialogue and debate, this multi-faceted exhibition articulated a theory of counter-marginality.

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Artist’s Talk: Charles Gaines

– Monday 15 April 2019. 18:00

We are pleased to announce that on Monday 15 April artist Charles Gaines will be discussing his work and practice as part of the Art Programme guest lecture series at Central Saint Martins.

Since training as an artist in the 1960s, Gaines has established himself as one of the foremost contributors to Conceptualism both in the US and internationally. His extensive body of work across different mediums employs structured processes, including rule-based and serial methods, in order to draw on questions of politics, aesthetics and meaning. Within this, concepts of race, identity and representation form a central part of his critical and formal interrogations.

His work is held in collections that include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gaines has taught throughout his career and is currently a faculty member of the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles.

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The LYC Museum & Art Gallery and the Museum as Practice

Wednesday 6 March 2019. 10:00 – Thursday 7 March 2019. 18:00

On 6–7 March 2019, University of the Arts London and the Paul Mellon Centre for the Studies in British Art are convening a symposium on the LYC Museum & Art Gallery (LYC Museum), an exhibition space located in the village of Banks astride Hadrian’s Wall that showcased the work of more than 320 artists between 1972 and 1983. Transforming dilapidated farm buildings into a hyperactive space for art, the LYC Museum was the single-minded effort of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929–94), whose initials gave the museum its name.

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Olivier Richon – Walker Evans: Kitchen Corner

– Monday 18 February 2019. 17:30

We are pleased to announce that on Monday 18 February Olivier Richon (Royal College of Art) will be discussing the work of Walker Evans. For this event, Richon will be drawing on his One Work book Walker Evans: Kitchen Corner, which argues for Evans’s significance for employing a photographic form that privileges detachment, as well as for calling attention to overlooked objects and the architecture of the dispossessed.

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Call for Applications: Afterall BAME Writer-in-Residence

– Thursday 17 January 2019. 17:00

We are pleased to invite applications to the first in a series of Arts Council of England-supported BAME writer-in-residence positions with Afterall. We particularly welcome applications from writers whose practice is informed by the close study of works of art and the context in which art is made, seen and displayed.

The residency aims to offer a welcoming base and relevant context for the appointed writer to operate from. In addition to awarding a bursary of £5,000 and in-depth editorial and mentoring support, affiliation to Afterall will provide access to our extensive archive, both print and digital, and to all our public events held during the period of the residency. This new placement scheme will significantly complement our existing artistic and cultural programme, bringing a new strand of written and visual activity to our digital platform.

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