We are proud to announce another entry in our FEINART Lecture Series. On March 19 at 17:00 CET (16:00 GMT) the New York-based artist Dr. Gergory Sholette will present: ‘The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art’.
Since the global financial crash of 2008, artists have become increasingly engaged in a wide range of cultural activism targeted against capitalism, political authoritarianism, colonial legacies, gentrification, but also in opposition to their own exploitation. They have also absorbed and reflected forms of protest within their art practice itself. The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art maps, critiques, celebrates and historicizes activist art, exploring its current urgency alongside the processes which have given rise to activism by artists, and activist forms of art.
In the frame of the FEINART lecture series the author Gregory Sholette approaches his subject from the unusual dual perspective of commentator (as scholar and writer) and insider (as activist artist). He describes a new wave of activist art taking place not only within community-based protest groups, as it has for decades, but also amongst professionally trained, MFA-bearing art practitioners, many of whom, by choice or by circumstance, refuse to respect the conventional borders separating painting from protest, or art from utility.
This lecture can be booked for free via Eventbrite through the following link – Book Tickets