Performing Rights: Contemporary Art, the Refugee Condition, and the Alibi of Engagement
Professor Anthony Downey
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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Date And Time
Thu, 14 November 2019
16:00 – 18:00 GMT
Roberts Building, G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT
UCL Engineering Front Building, Torrington Place