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African Art Collectives - With Elvira Dyangani Ose and T J Demos

A talk placing Issa Samb's work in the context of Laboratoire Agit’Art and other African art collectives, exploring the situations and politics that motivated them

African Art Collectives includes a short presentation by Elvira Dyangani Ose, Curator International Art Tate Modern, placing Issa Samb's work in the context of Laboratoire Agit'Art and other African art collectives, exploring the situations and politics that motivated them. The presentation is followed by a discussion between Elvira Dyangani Ose and academic TJ Demos on the Marxist ideas that helped produce the Laboritoire Agit'Art as well as other African and non-African artist collectives - bringing an international dimension to projects responding to localised questions.

The talk addresses the implicatedness of photographic practices in the culture of capitalism, be it through consolidation or critique. It further looks at the position of artist vis a vis market forces, the future of art education and artistic practices in light of austerity measures.

David Bate is an photo-artist and theorist. His books include the international visual work Zone (London: Artwords, 2012), Photography: Key Concepts (Berg: 2009) and Photography and Surrealism (I.B Tauris, 2004). Forthcoming works include collected visual works and essays on art photography. He is course leader of the MA Photographic Studies programme and Professor of Photography at the University of Westminster, London.

Layal Ftouni is a researcher and visiting lecturer at University of Westminster and SOAS, University of London. She is currently writing up her thesis
titled Dismantling or Reproducing the Orientalist Canon: Neo-Orientalism in Contemporary Visual Arts. She is currently working on a book with Tarik Sabry titled Arab Subcultures: Transformations in Theory and Practice (I.B. Tauris) and has recently published "Rethinking Gender Studies: Towards an Arab Feminist Epistemology" in Arab Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field(2012).


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Date and Time:

26 June 2014 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts)
Rivington Place
0207 749 1240

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