Activism: Documents of Contemporary Art

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Activism: Documents of Contemporary Art

Join editors Afonso Dias Ramos and Tom Snow alongside special guests including Lina Khatib to unpack what activism means in the context of contemporary art today. 

Artists have consistently engaged in activist discourse, lending their skills to social movements, and regularly participating in civil and social rights campaigns while also boycotting cultural institutions and exerting significant pressure on them. From ACT UP and its affiliate groups since the dawn of the AIDS crisis to the counter-spectacle and street theatrics of the Arab Spring and Occupy, to ongoing protest movements such as Black Lives Matter, Rhodes Must Fall, and Decolonize This Place, activist aesthetics has proven increasingly difficult to define under traditional classifications. 

About the speakers:

Tom Snow

Tom Snow is a Lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. 

Afonso Dias Ramos

Afonso Dias Ramos is a Researcher at the Art History Institute (NOVA FCSH/IN2PAST) and a Guest Lecturer at NOVA FCSH.

Lina Khatib

Lina Khatib is Director of the SOAS Middle East Institute and Associate Fellow at Chatham House. Her work is firmly interdisciplinary, spanning international affairs, Middle East politics, and visual culture and communications.

Her books include Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (2013) and she is a frequent writer and commentator on current affairs in the Middle East. Her music projects include co-founding and co-leading the World Metal Congress. She very occasionally creates screen-based art, more frequently designs and makes avant-garde headpieces, and has written a theatrical dark comedy about the Middle East.