Progress Reports: art in an era of diversity

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Progress Reports: art in an era of diversity

Rivington Place
EC2A 3BA London
January 28th, 2010 - March 13th, 2010
Opening: January 28th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

shoreditch, hoxton
+44 20 7729 9616
Gallery Opening Tues - Fri 11am - 6pm; Late night Thursday until 9pm; Sat 12pm - 6pm / Library: 10-12am and 1-5pm Monday - Friday
film, Graphic, video-art, sculpture


This multi-voiced exhibition and series of events explores interpretations of ‘cultural diversity', reflecting the times we live in and changes to the social and cultural landscape since Iniva was founded 15 years ago.

Manick Govinda from Artsadmin, Sally Lai from the Chinese Arts Centre and artist Zarina Bhimji have selected artists. Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour show new graphic work; their bold mixture of art, politics, games, sci-fi and storytelling rebels against the stereotypes of the Middle East. Ashery is from Israel and Sansour from Palestine.

Artist Sanford Biggers' sculptures blend contemporary hip-hop expressions with Eastern Spiritualism, he presents a breakdance floor modelled on a Buddhist mandala.

Filmmaker and scholar Karen Alexander and filmmaker Campbell select screenings by artists such as Kara Walker whose provocative films retell narratives around slavery and domination. In the film Kanku Ragu Hetain Patel realigns his body in relationship to nationhood. Harold Offeh shows work humorously re-interpreting Hollywood media representations of the asexual mammy figure.

"... Is the era and the goal of ‘cultural diversity' in the arts now over? Has the globalisation of the art world - "let a thousand biennales bloom" - 'solved' the problem?
Stuart Hall, Founding Chair of Iniva and Rivington Place

Visit the events page to find out about the programme of talks and events including playful art installations, interventions and events from the Inivators and artist Yara El-Sherbini.

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