Launch: Asia-Art-Activism Research Network

Date/Time: 15 June 2018, 10.00-12.45 Friday
Venue: Live Art Development Agency, The Garrett Centre, 117A Mansford Street, London E2 6LX

The Asia-Art-Activism Research Network is a crossdisciplinary and intergenerational group of artists, curators, academics and writers investigating Asian art and activism in the UK.

Taking into account the variegated representations of Asian diaspora, migrant and resident communities, we seek to work with archives and communities to unearth the missing or neglected narratives of Asian artists and activists in the UK, especially that of Southeast Asian communities; to question their invisibility within institutional narratives of British art and politics, and to gain greater understanding of their alliances with and distances from other artistic and civic movements including the Black Arts Movement. If ‘Black’ is a politically contingent term (Hall), we seek to critically identify the discursive conditions for Asian artists and activists within a constant renegotiation of decoloniality and solidarity with other protagonists of colour, as well as the interstitial spaces in intersectional identities.

Underpinning this work is the belief that an intersectional approach resists the calcifications of cultural identity politics that pays attention to the sensitivities of class, gender, sex, age and so on. We will bring together different perspectives and methodologies to attentively address this important but under-researched field to develop future exhibitions, programmes, and publications.

Look out for our forthcoming activities by invitation, including a reading group, study workshops, and a public programme of performances, screenings and panel discussions.

This first week is a closed meeting for consultation to identify member needs and aims, raise a discussion on what it means to be a collective or a network, and develop the ‘programme’ for the next 12 months.

For this purpose, the meeting is by invitation only to keep a focused discussion.

For those who believe that joining the network would be helpful for their research projects, please send an expression of interest (100 words) to attend to

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s