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«Enact. Empower?» – Jasmina Metwaly

18 October

| Free

«Enact. Empower?»
Public talk series at the Department Art & Media, ZHdK, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstr. 96, 8031 Zürich; for free, (lectures in English):

Toni-Areal, 5th floor, 5.T09, 6 pm

Jasmina Metwaly is an artist living and working in Kairo. Her recent (collaborative) projects address the aftermath of the Arab Spring in Egypt. Her work has been shown among others at the German Pavilion during the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.

Since the 1960s art and art theory have been approximating activism. Ever since, queer-feminist or postcolonial tactics, as well as non-hierarchic forms of collaboration of diverse actors, have been propagated. Yet, they often demarcate a thin line: Self-organization has long been absorbed into capitalist economies. And, participation often veils, rather than exposes, inequalities and power-structures within a globalized world. Hence, where is space left for critique? Where lie contradictions and potential for an emancipatory art practice? In which frame and to which extent do these circumstances allow for shifting power-relations, opening up space for action?

Picking up on their recent works and practice our guests Jasmina Metwaly, artist (18.10.), Angela Dimitrakaki, art historian and writer (28.10.), Juliana Huxtable, artist (1.11.), Elisabeth Lebovici, critic (13.11.), and Gerald Raunig, philosopher (5.12.), will confront and try to answer these questions self-reflectively. They will not only provide for actual insights, but show snares and boundaries of (self-)empowerment.

A collaboration of Master Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Art & Media und IFCAR Institute for Contemporary Art Research (Curation FS 17: Donatella Bernardi, Barbara Preisig, Gabrielle Schaad, Jörg Scheller, Christoph Schenker).

Contact: Gabrielle Schaad, Research Associate, Bachelor of Arts in Art & Media, ZHdK;



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