Round Table Discussion

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Wings of Migrants, 2012 Still From Video © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Akinci
Round Table Discussion

Lijnbaansgracht 317
1017 WZ Amsterdam
September 27th, 2012 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Artist talk
Museum Area
+31 (0) 20 638 0480
Tue-Sat 1-6


AKINCI and IMES are pleased to invite you to a round table discussion of the project Wings of Migrants.

This project is a collaboration between the artist Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya ‘Gluklya’ (Factory of Found Clothes, St. Petersburg, Russia) and Olga Sezneva (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, UvA).

Wings of Migrants is a video installation which investigates - in a uniquely created setting of cultural encounter - the dynamics of interaction between representatives of Russia’s ethno-national elite and migrants from Central Asia employed in construction work. As an art form, Russian classical ballet is characterized by the desire for order, beauty and harmony. As a cultural phenomenon, it incorporates the idea of empire, power and discipline. As an institution, it continues to be dominated by ethnic Russians. Construction work, in contradistinction, is perceived as a polluted, disorderly, and undesirable activity. As in many other countries, construction workers are irregular, undocumented migrants, and are received with disrespect and discrimination. In Wings of Migrants the two groups meet and collaborate in the creation of a dance performance.  How does this encounter unfold and what happens as its result? What do the participants learn from each other, what do they reject, and how do they change as they dance together? How can the arts and artists intervene in social problems and political reality?

The round table discussion Artists Research Mobility brings up and explores issues connected to the use of aesthetics in exploring and intervening in social problems and political reality. Its participants include:

‘Gluklya’ (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya), artist, "The Factory of Found Clothes" project and “Chto Delat’?” group

Mieke Bal, Professor of Theory of Literature and a founding director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)

Firuza Melville, Academic Associate, Head of the Shahnama Centre, Pembroke College at Cambridge University

Erik Hagoort (curator, writer and teacher at  St. Joost/Breda)

Moderator:  Olga Sezneva, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Co-director of IMES, UvA


The round table discussion will be hosted at AKINCI, September 27, 6:30 pm until 10 pm.

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