Where is the South Asian Artist in Europe?

2. July 2019 18:00 -
2. July 2019 19:30

Gallery AMU presents a conversation lecture held by Noor Bhangu a curator of upcoming exhibition Digitalia.

Where is the South Asian Artist in Europe?

Tuesday 2nd of July from 6 pm
FAMU, Smetanovo nábř. 2, Prague, (Lecture room U2)

In conversation with Pakistani-born and Helsinki-based artist Abdullah Qureshi, curator Noor Bhangu will direct a conversational lecture about the place and pace of identity-based arts practices in contemporary Europe. Following Adrian Piper’s view, “If there are pigeonholes, it’s because the viewers who see them are already predisposed to pigeonhole us,” this lecture will consider recent political, cultural, and personal shifts that have generated a new era of predisposition and a new demand for identity-based work. Are there ways to challenge and destabilize the broader landscape of post-Brexit Britain and increased Islamaphobia across Europe? Despite the historical and ongoing entanglement of South Asian artists with European and other migratory communities, we ask if there is still place for the South Asian artist in Europe?

Noor Bhangu is a curator and scholar, whose practice employs cross-cultural encounters to interrogate issues of diaspora and indigeneity in post- and settler-colonial contexts. She completed her BA in the History of Art and her MA in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices from the University of Winnipeg. Her written work has appeared in academic and public journals, including Black Flash, gal-dem, Moveable Type: The University College London English Journal, Public Parking, Uncommon Sense, and C Magazine. Her curatorial practice includes projects: Overlapping Violent Histories: A Curatorial Investigation into Difficult Knowledge (2018), womenofcolour@soagallery (2018), and Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art (2018).In 2018, she began her PhD in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York University in Toronto.

Abdullah Qureshi is an artist, educator, and cultural producer. Within his practice, he is interested in using painting to address personal histories, traumatic pasts, and childhood memories. Through his research, he examines formations of queer identity and resistance in Muslim contexts. Qureshi’s work has been exhibited internationally, and he has held numerous positions at cultural and educational institutions including the British Council and the National College of Arts, Lahore. In 2017, Qureshi received the Art and International Cooperation fellowship at Zurich University of the Arts. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Aalto University in Finland and Research Fellow at the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, Boston.

The lecture will be in English.


Lažanský palác
Smetanovo nábř. 2, Praha 1

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