Creating Interference in association with CREAM at the University of Westminster have been awarded a bursary from the British Art Network to programme and deliver a seminar series titled ‘Itinerant Imaginaries’.
Creating Interference is an international network of researchers, artists and critics who creatively respond to and critically engage with memories and historical narratives.
Itinerant Imaginaries will be a two-part series. It started this month on 7 and 8 June with three events and will continue in October. The events, which took place online, explored ways that archival experimentation helps to question national narratives told through the work of Black artists and artists of colour in Britain and diaspora.
The events explored collective and fragmentary methodologies to artists’ work, addressing critical questions relating to intertwined histories of empire, memory, forgetting, radical collecting practices and the process of unsettling national archives. Speakers included Françoise Vergès, Sepake Angiama, Chandra Frank, Annie Jael Kwan and Bisan Abu Eisheh.
The bursary award is supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with additional public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The series was developed by Creating Interference members, with Dr Roshini Kempadoo and Lola Olufemi leading the project as researchers in the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM).
CREAM is a ground-breaking organisation developing practice and theoretically led research, professional practice and scholarship that addresses international, societal and cultural issues in relation to the media, art and design.
Talking about Itinerant Imaginaries, Dr Roshini Kempadoo said: “The award from the British Art Network (BAN) is invaluable to expanding the central concerns of the CI network to further explore the relationship between cultural practice, research and artmaking in relation to memory work and historical narratives. The timing is significant to rethinking how colonial narratives are reimagined in art collections and archives.”
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