raising dust: changing territories for art across europe

Thursday, 13 January 2011

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Richard Appignanesi (writer, theorist and curator of Raising Dust); Marina Grzinic (artist); Dr Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Dr Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art); and Boris Groys (art historian, philosopher and curator of the Russian pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale) (tbc)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Sophie Benjamin (Calvert 22)

Calvert 22 and The Courtauld Institute of Art are proud to present the first in a unique series of collaborative talks.

Each talk in the series, which will be presented over the course of the academic year, takes an exhibition at Calvert 22 as a point of departure to address a range of emerging themes.

Speakers will include artists and curators who are participating in Calvert 22’s programme, alongside academics and cultural commentators from The Courtauld Institute of Art and across the arts.

Building on themes arising from Calvert 22's current exhibition, Raising Dust: Encounters in Relational Geography, this inaugural talk will explore implications for artists and culture across Europe at a time of environmental anxiety and geopolitical tension.

A short, illustrated introduction to the exhibition by the curator, Richard Appignanesi, will set the scene for an in-depth panel discussion including exhibiting artists, cultural theorists and art historians. As western Europe looks east, the dialogue will consider how economic and conceptual territories for art are changing and how artists in eastern Europe in particular are responding.

A central symbol for the Raising Dust exhibition is the broom, a timeless and universal implement common to households across the world. In the face of major issues in a changing Europe such as dislocation, economic turmoil and cultural misperceptions, how will artists continue to raise the dust and see where it settles?

CALVERT 22 is the UK’s only not for profit foundation dedicated to the presentation of contemporary Art and Culture from Russian and Eastern Europe. With five exhibitions a year from both emergent and more established contemporary artists as well as a range of contextual events, performances and activities, Calvert 22 aims to interrogate existing preconceptions about the art and culture of these regions and propose new possibilities for cross-cultural understanding and exchange.



raising dust:
changing territories for art across europe
A short, illustrated introduction to the exhibition by the curator, Richard Appignanesi, followed by an in-depth panel discussion including exhibiting artists, cultural theorists and art historians.

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