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17:30 - 19:30 30 October 2013
Haiti’s Ghetto Biennale
Lecture Theatre 103, First Floor |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Leah Gordon, Artist and curator; senior lecturer
In December 2009, Atiz Rezistans, the Sculptors of Grand Rue, hosted their first Ghetto Biennale. They invited fine artists, film-makers, academics, photographers, musicians, architects and writers to come to the Grand Rue area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to make or witness work that was made or happened in their neighbourhood. The Biennale aimed to be a “third space … an event or moment created through the collaboration between artists from radically different backgrounds” (John Keiffer). A second Biennale was held in December 2011. Yet while the Ghetto Biennale was conceived to expose social, racial, class and geographical immobility, it seemed to have upheld these class inertias within its structural core.
In this seminar, Leah Gordon, co-founder of the Ghetto Biennale, addresses the contradictions and challenges posed by the event, and how the 3rd Ghetto Biennale seeks to confront them.
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