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Closing conversation

When I see the future...

3/06/21 7:30 pm


Join us for the final part of the symposium When I see the future…

To conclude Heba Y. Amin’s solo exhibition When I see the future, I close my eyes, join curator Anthony Downey and Heba Y. Amin for a roundtable conversation with artists Michael Rakowitz, Larissa Sansour and invited guests from the extended digital programme that accompanied the show. Through Downey’s edited Research/Practice book series, launched in 2020, the artists will discuss the impact of unfolding geopolitical events on the future development of their respective projects and question, more broadly, how art research/practice engages with contemporary crises.

The speakers involved in the programme were: Daniela Agostinho, Kamal Aljafari, Brunella Antomarini, Nada Bakr, Sabine Bitter, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Martina Cavalot, DAAR (Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti), Donatella Della Ratta, Jeff Deutch, Angela Dimitrakaki, Emilio Distretti, Sophie Dyer, Mostafa Elbaroody, Mohamed Elshahed, Kareem Estefan, iLiana Fokianaki, Solveig Gade, Valentin Golev, Baruch Gottlieb, Steph Holl-Trieu, Arthur Holland Michel, Andrew Hoskins, Shona Illingworth, Adel Iskandar, Helene Kazan, Claudette Lauzon, Abdelkarim Mardini, Laura U. Marks, Mariam Mekiwi, William Merrin, Mizna, Naeem Mohaiemen, Reza Negarestani, Ian Alan Paul, Kasra Rahmanian, Patricia Reed, Gillian Russell, Mohammad Salemy, School for the Contemporary Arts (Simon Fraser University), Susan Schuppli, Nishant Shah, Oraib Toukan, and Kristin Veel.

About the speakers:

Heba Y. Amin (b. 1980, Cairo) is a multi-media artist and Professor of Art at the Stuttgart State Academy for Art and Design. She is the co-founder of the Black Athena Collective, curator of visual art for the Mizna journal, and currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital War. Heba Y. Amin was awarded the 2020 Sussmann Artist Award for artists committed to the ideals of democracy and antifascism, and was selected as a Field of Vision Fellow, NYC (2019). Amin’s work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, her latest publication Heba Y. Amin: The General’s Stork (ed. Anthony Downey) was recently published by Sternberg Press (2020). More about Heba Y. Amin.

Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa (Birmingham City University). He is currently a Co-investigator on AHRC and GCRF–funded research projects that focus on cultural practices, education, and digital methodologies in Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan (2020-2024). More about Anthony Downey.

Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) is an artist living and working in Chicago. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), MoMA PS1 and MoMA, Castello di Rivoli, the 10th and 14th Istanbul Biennials, Tirana Biennale, and the National Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern in London and Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin. More about Michael Rakowitz.

Larissa Sansour was born in East Jerusalem, Palestine, and lives and works in London, UK. She uses science fiction to address social and political issues, particularly concerning memory and inherited trauma, power structures and nation states. Her works in film and multi-media installation explore the dialectics between myth and historical narrative More about Larissa Sansour.


Image 1: Portrait of Larissa Sansour. Courtesy of the artist.

Image 2: Portrait of Michael Rakowitz. Courtesy of the artist.


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