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14th November, 2019

Performing Rights: Contemporary Art, the Refugee Condition and Engagement

UCL

Event Details

Date:
14th November, 2019
Time:
16:00 - 18:00
Venue:
Roberts Building, G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT
UCL Engineering Front Building
Torrington Place
London
WC13 7JE
Price:
Free

Contemporary artists are increasingly engaging with some of the most pressing issues facing our world today, from globalisation, migration and citizenship to conflict, sustainability, gentrification, and social activism.

Anthony Downey will discuss the implications of this engagement in relation to human rights and conditions of displacement. If the disavowal or absence of legal and political representation is a feature of being a refugee, then what happens, he will ask, when artistic representation is inserted into this already compromised regime of visibility? In an all too amenable substitution that can often reconfirm the absence of legal accountability, is it possible that cultural forms of representation are compensating for—if not replacing—the very systems and procedures of political and legal responsibility that are being denied refugees in the first place? Who, we need to ask thereafter, really benefits from the work of art?


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