Then and Now: The changing context of debate?

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts)                                                      Wednesday 9 November, 6:30pm £5 (£3 concessions) Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA

The current exhibition Entanglement: The Ambivalence of Identity (14th September – 19th November 2011) curated by Iniva provides an opportunity to explore a context for international and artists of the diaspora, their work and its curation.

Cultural policy on identity, advocacy by artists critics and theorists of African, Asian and Caribbean diaspora, and curatorial approaches to multiculturalism have most often shaped and determined the debates about artists from the colonial/postolonial diaspora. Their work and status have been defined by such contexts over the last 20 years in Britain.

Discussing key debates around identity politics as seen through Iniva’s Archives
Roshini Kempadoo, photographer, media artist and lecturer at the University of East London (UEL), will be in conversation with Karen Alexander, independent film curator, writer and freelance consultant; Nina Mangalanayagam, an artist currently showing work at the Entanglement: the Ambivalence of Identity exhibition at Rivington Place, and Ashwani Sharma, principal lecturer in media and cultural studies at UEL. The panel will explore how identity politics, definitions of blackness and internationalism are ongoing concerns for artists and curators albeit set within changing practices, definitions and attitudes. Against a historical backdrop of notes from Iniva’s archive, this panel will explore this legacy in a contemporary climate in which state multiculturalism is declared dead, where there are increasing pressures for public/private arrangements for art institutions, and where artists work within a hyper-globalised art environment.

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The Entanglement exhibition is showing at Rivington Place until 19 November with artists Simon Fujiwara, Anthony Key, Dave Lewis, Nina Mangalanayagam and Navin Rawanchaikul.

Rivington Place opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm Late opening every Thursday until 9pm Saturday 12 – 6pm Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays
Iniva Rivington Place London, EC2A 3BA Nearest tubes: Old St/ Liverpool St / Shoreditch High St

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