Art, Roots and the Abstract Truth: Symposium

Join Turner Contemporary for a one-day symposium alongside the exhibition We Will Walk - Art and Resistance in the American South, with contributions from curators, artists and writers from the UK and U.S.

Thursday 5 March 2020

Thursday 5 March 2020

Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

The day will explore the ideas and themes within the exhibition as well as broader questions relating to history, Civil Rights, visual languages and music. The blues, jazz and gospel music traditions emanating from the American South are well-known throughout the world. This symposium will focus on the little-known visual art traditions of the African American South which have only recently begun to receive scholarly attention. From quilt-making to assemblages, paintings, sculptures and outdoor environments, the symposium will attempt to consider these works beyond the limitations of their categorisation as ‘folk’ and ‘outsider’ art. How can art respond to racial trauma and injustice? How do these works challenge dominant narratives of 20th century American art and modernism? What role did the historical context of Civil Rights struggles play in the development of previously hidden art practices in the South?

Speakers include civil rights activist and photographer Doris Derby; writer and critic Greg Tate; curator Raina Lampkins-Fielder; artist Steffani Jemmison and We Will Walk co-curators Hannah Collins and Paul Goodwin.

A limited number of complimentary places are available for current students from University of the Arts London, on a first come first served basis.

Supported by University of the Arts London

*Concessions are available for: Student with valid ID, Disabled person (plus 1 complimentary companion ticket if required), Job Seekers with proof of eligibility ID, Senior 60

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