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Het Klaslokaal: Art, Politics & Activism
11, 18 & 25 April 2018, 20.00 – 21.00
Teacher: Léon Kruijswijk
Language: English

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Ticket: €7,50
Ticket in combination w/ dinner at Café DS: €15,-

Introduction: 
In what ways do contemporary artists engage with politics and activism? For centuries, visual artists have created artworks dealing with socio-political issues; think for example about the world-renowned, modernist painting Guernica (1937) by Pablo Picasso. Contemporary artists have increasingly followed as well as expanded this path of political engagement and activism. Their artistic aims range from writing alternative histories on civil wars to criticising the idealised body in commercial advertising to imagining potential risks of the digital era. In this lecture trilogy, art historian and curator Léon Kruijswijk will explore works by four to five intriguing contemporary artists each time. The lectures will revolve around the following themes: Art, Politics & Activism #1: War & Conflict Artists have depicted, questioned and criticised civil wars and political conflicts for centuries. A contemporary artist who deals with these topics to a great extent is Walid Raad (Lebanon, 1967). With his films, photos, installations, performances and writings, he discusses, revisits and rewrites the recent history of Lebanon with particular focus on the civil war (1975-91). Raad is also the founder of the fictional arts collective The Atlas Group.
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