No Person’s Land

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
6 PM
The Showroom (63 Penfold Street, Marylebone, London UK)
Free, all welcome

As part of No Person’s Land, a residency project coordinated by DAM Projects, this salon will be facilitated by Seecum Cheung, Amanprit Sandhu and cheyanne turions. No Person’s Land uses joint research to enact how alternative structures might be formed between peers based on shared commitments and support; mapping a terrain between practice, thinking and being. In this spirit, this iteration of No Reading features three texts, chosen collaboratively, that explicitly frame the power relations and social assumptions that otherwise invisibly structure cultural work. Excerpts will be drawn from the following texts: WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier (2017), which dissects the language of settler occupation through prose poetry; Saving Solidarity: Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World by Rafia Zakaria (2016), which addresses two audiences directly—western feminists and feminists in the global south in essayistic form; and The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich (1985), which chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines of the Second World War, stories that have remained absent from official narratives.

Excerpts will be handed out at the salon and no pre-reading is required.

Seecum Cheung is a visual artist based between London and Rotterdam. Working primarily with moving images, her current work is an ongoing series of films based upon interviews and encounters with leading specialists in the field of right-wing radicalism, human rights organizations and activist refugee groups. Her films include coverage of the 2017 Dutch elections (The Dutch Window, 2017) with writer, musician, broadcaster and curator Morgan Quaintance, and extensive interviews on the rise of the far-right in Germany with political journalist Richard Cooke with SBS Public Broadcasters (Interview with Lennart, 2016). Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at Syndkt Gallery, Brussels, and Grand Union, Birmingham (both 2017). She is a recipient of the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Award 2015/16.

Amanprit Sandhu is an independent curator based in London. She is a co-founder of DAM PROJECTS, a curatorial collective founded with Daniella Rose King and Morgan Quaintance in 2014. The collective use temporary exhibitions and events to support emerging, underexposed and unorthodox artists, art scenes, discourses and debates. She currently sits on the board of Arts Catalyst.

cheyanne turions is a curator, cultural worker and writer currently based in Canada. From the farmlands of Treaty 8, she is of settler and Indigenous ancestry. Her work positions exhibitions and criticism as social gestures, where she responds to artistic practices by linking aesthetics and politics through discourse. Since 2008, she has been the director of No Reading After the Internet (with Amy Kazymerchyk and Alex Muir). She is a founding member of EMILIA–AMALIA, an exploratory working group that employs practices of citation, annotation, and autobiography as modes of activating feminist praxis. Currently, turions is the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery and on the Board of Directors at 221A.

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