Progress Reports: art in an era of diversity
Artwork repsonding to interpretations of cultural diversity in contemporary society
Presented by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), 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 in the last 15 years.
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.
Film timings are available on the Rivington Place and Iniva website's, please check them in order to plan your visit.
Visit www.rivingtonplace.org 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 ranging from a pop-up court with the cultural sector on trial, to the opportunity to play and be part of a version of board game Guess Who? with a twist
There are 5 selectors who have chosen exhibits and films for this exhibition: filmmaker Campbell and filmmaker and scholar Karen Alexander, Manick Govinda from Artsadmin, Sally Lai from the Chinese Arts Centre and artist Zarina Bhimji,
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