The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art
Copies of the publication will be available on the night for a special launch price
Since the global financial crash of 2008, the 2020 murder of George Floyd, and a visibly deteriorating living environment, artists have become increasingly engaged in a wide range of cultural activism protesting capitalism, colonial legacies, war, political authoritarianism, gentrification, ecological destruction, but also in opposition to their own exploitation. In doing so, they openly absorb and reflect forms of protest within their art practice, as much as social activists progressively incorporate aesthetic tactics into public demonstrations.
Gregory Sholette’s new Lund Humphries book, The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art maps, critiques, celebrates and historicises this overlapping phenomenon from the dual perspective of a commentator (as scholar and writer) and insider (as activist artist). Join him and his exceptional guests, Kathrin Böhm, Carlos Garrido Castellano, Kuba Szreder and Kim Charnley in an evening of urgent discussion on the topic of socially engaged art at a time of intensifying political, economic and environmental and military crisis.
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There will be drinks after the talk, which have been kindly provided by Lund Humphries; and diverse economies elderflower cordial courtesy of contributing artist Kathrin Böhm and Company Drinks.
The Showroom at Cromwell Place
Images: Adam Shield, Resonance State, collage: ink on paper with painted frame, 2022. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Dan Weill Photography; Navine G. Khan-Dossos, TINA IV, Gouache on 300gsm watercolour paper, 2020. Courtesy of the artist
Open during Frieze week
Monday 12 - Friday 16 October, 10am-6pm
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Offsite, Cromwell Place, SW7 2JE, Gallery 1
The Showroom is pleased to be presenting Adam Shield: Resonance State, 2022 and Navine G. Khan-Dossos: TINA I-XXX, 2020
Shield’s imagery encompasses references distilled from post-apocalyptic science fiction writing, dystopian dream projectors, seventeenth century alchemy and everyday encounters with political, societal and economic structures. In these works, the borders between the inner and outer worlds are blurred, drawing resonances between individual perspectives and wider structural conditions.
This series of gouaches overlaid on top of original stencils from 2019 are new logos collected by Khan-Dossos during her research throughout 2020 looking at the similarity of visual language between Prevent and the Covid-19 pandemic.
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