Black Phoenix and Third Text
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Join curator Hammad Nasar for a conversation with artist Rasheed Araeen on transnational solidarity, and the art and literary writing in Black Phoenix, an anti-racist, anti-imperialist journal of contemporary art & culture in the Third World, co-founded by Rasheed and Mahmoud Jamal and published in three issues between 1978 and 1979. The speakers will also discuss Third Text which Rasheed launched as a successor theoretical art journal in 1987.
Hammad Nasar is a curator, writer and strategic advisor. He is presently co-curator (with Irene Aristizábal) of British Art Show 9, and Lead Curator at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum during Coventry’s City Culture programme. He is also Principal Research Fellow at UAL’s Decolonising Arts Institute where he is developing the Curating Nation project, and Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, where he co-leads (with Sarah Victoria Turner) the London, Asia project. More about Hammad Nasar
Rasheed Araeen (b. 1935) is a London-based artist, activist, writer, editor and curator. In 1964, he moved to the United Kingdom from Pakistan. Araeen is recognized as the father of minimalist sculpture in 1960s Britain. His work in performance, photography, painting, and sculpture throughout the 1970s to 1990s challenged Eurocentricsm within the British art establishment and championed the role of minority artists, especially those of Asia, African and Caribbean decent. He took on activist roles with organisations such as the Black Panthers and Artists for Democracy, and founded the critical journals Black Phoenix, Third Text and Third Text Asia. More about Rasheed Araeen
Image: Black Phoenix