Practice for everyday life?

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Taus Makhacheva Rehlen (avar language flock), 2009 HD videoTaus Makhacheva Rehlen (avar language flock), 2009 HD video, 7’21”. © Courtesy of the artist
Speaker(s): artist, Taus Makhacheva and independent curator Nadim Samman. Chair: Dr Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

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

In the second of a series of talks in collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art initiated to broaden the range of discussion around the exhibition programme at Calvert 22, a panel will look at themes raised by the current presentation of work from emergent artists from Russia and asks what it can tell us about the cultural imperatives of this country and its position within a global context. 

The artists for this exhibition were co-selected by Joseph Backstein (Director of ICA, Moscow and Commissioner of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art) and David Thorp (Curator) and drawn from the ICA, Moscow and the START programme, established by the Centre for Contemporary Art - Winzavod to promote and develop young artists from across Russia. 

All of the artists from Russia involved demonstrate an engagement with contemporary art that is noticeably in dialogue with ideas currently being expressed elsewhere in the world. With heightened awareness of global discourse, their practices can be said to operate in direct relationship to the political imperatives of our times.  But can art really serve as the barometer of current values and concerns, and how important is a critical perspective in artistic practice?

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.

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