Who Are We? Project
Who Are We? Project
14 - 19 March Tate Exchange

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Peirene Press: breach and The Cut
Mar
19
2:00pm 2:00pm

Peirene Press: breach and The Cut

Join us for a conversation between Samantha Schnee, Chair of Words Without Borders, and Peirene Press publisher, Meike Ziervogel, with writers, Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes, to explore the unique commissioning approach of Peirene Press. Ziervogel works closely with writers, commissioning Popoola and Holmes to go to Calais in 2015 to produce the collection of short stories, breach (2016).  Peirene’s collaborative/commissioning approach with writers (and readers) continues with the forthcoming Brexit novel, The Cut, in collaboration with writer, Anthony Cartwright.

Annie Holmes was born in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe. Many years later, she left southern Africa and filmmaking to enrol in a writing programme in California. Her short fiction has been published in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the US, and a novella-length memoir - Good Red - in Canada. She co-edited two collections of oral narratives in McSweeney's Voice of Witness series: Hope Deferred and Underground America. In 2016 she co-authored the short story collection breach with Olumide Popoola. She now lives in the UK.

Meike Ziervogel is a novelist and publisher. She grew up in northern Germany and came to London in 1986 to study Arabic language and literature. She has worked as a journalist for Reuters in London and Agence France Presse in Paris. In 2008 she founded Peirene Press. In 2012 Meike was voted as one of Britain's 100 most innovative and influential people in the creative and media industries, the Time Out and Hospital Club hClub 100 list. Meike is the author of three novels, MagdaClara's Daughter and Kauthar, all published by Salt in the UK. Her fourth novel, The Photographer, will be released in May 2017. 

Olumide Popoola is a Nigerian German writer of long and short fiction, based in London. Her publications include essays, poetry, short stories.  Her novella this is not about sadness was published by Unrast Verlag in 2010. Her play Also by Mail was published in 2013 by Witnessed (edition assemblage) and the short story collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes, in 2016 by Peirene Press. Her publications also include critical essays (often on practice-led research and the novel), hybrid pieces and poetry. She lectures in creative writing, and s currently as associate lecturer at Goldsmiths College.

Samantha Schnee is the founding editor and chair of the board of Words Without Borders, an online magazine of literature in translation into English; since its inception 14 years ago, WWB has published over 2,000 translations from over 1000 languages.  Born in the UK and raised in the US, Samantha also translates from Spanish and serves as a Trustee of English PEN.

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Searching for Great Aunt Minna
Mar
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

Searching for Great Aunt Minna

Searching for Great Aunt Minna was inspired by a photograph and a commissioned photo essay for the London Sunday Times Magazine about the Sangoma, the traditional healers, (shamans) who are called by their Ancestors to heal. For Who Are We?, Jillian Edelstein will be in conversation with Liz Jobey, an associate editor of the FT Weekend Magazine. Jillian's story takes in the history of Eastern Europe and the solid immigration drive to Southern Africa from Eastern Europe. Photography, film interviews and diary pieces are used to illustrate her  family’s search for stability due to forced removal. This story echoes the lives of everyday migrants and asylum seekers today coming to Europe from the challenged parts of Africa, and the conflict zones of the Middle East.

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Jillian Edelstein is a London-based, award winning photographer. She began working as a press photographer in Johannesburg, South Africa and her portraits have appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The FT Weekend Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Interview, L'Uomo Vogue, Port, The Guardian Weekend, The Sunday Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Fortune, Elle, W Magazine, GQ and Esquire.   Jillian has exhibited internationally at venues including the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery, Tom Blau Gallery, The Royal Academy, OXO Gallery in London, Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France, Bensusan Museum, Johannesburg, Robben Island Museum in Cape Town, South Africa and Dali International Photography Festival, Yunnan Province, China.   In the run up to the Olympics 2012 Edelstein was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery and BT to produce a series of 17 portraits of those working to make the Olympic and Paralympic Games happen. The Road to 2012: Aiming High was opened by the Duchess of Cambridge at the start of the Games. 

Liz Jobey is a writer and editor with a special interest in photography. As an editor she has worked at the Sunday Times, the Independent on Sunday Review, the Guardian, and Granta. As a writer she has contributed to the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Art Newspaper and the London Review of Books, principally on subjects related to photography. She also works as an editor of photographic books, including Nigel Shafran, Dark Rooms (MACK), Fazal Sheikh, the Erasure trilogy (Steidl), Tony Ray-Jones, American Colour (MACK), Donovan Wylie, The Maze,  (Steidl), Jillian Edelstein, Truth & Lies (Granta).  She has been a Trustee of the John Kobal Foundation since 1993. She is currently an Associate Editor at the Financial Times Weekend Magazine.

Read the conversation Searching for Great Aunt Minna,between Jillian Edelstein and Alena Pfoser 

 

 

 

 

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Film Screening: John Akomfrah's The Stuart Hall Project (2013)
Mar
17
4:50pm 4:50pm

Film Screening: John Akomfrah's The Stuart Hall Project (2013)

John Akomfrah's ground-breaking documentary The Stuart Hall Project (2013) combines archive footage and a soundtrack of the music of Miles Davis to portray the life of Stuart Hall, the founding figure of cultural studies who has had a resounding and ongoing influence on British intellectual and cultural life. The film meditates on memory, identity and the changing landscape of the late 20th century.

This event follows a symposium 'Who do you think you are? Culture, Identity and the Contemporary Art Museum'.

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Stuart Hall Foundation, 'Who do you think you are? Culture, identity and the contemporary art museum'
Mar
17
2:00pm 2:00pm

Stuart Hall Foundation, 'Who do you think you are? Culture, identity and the contemporary art museum'

In collaboration with the Stuart Hall Foundation and chaired by Gilane Tawadros (Vice Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation), this is a special event 'Who do you think you are? Culture, identity and the contemporary art museum' on Friday 17 March 2017.

The event will bring together directors of major contemporary art museums in Europe to discuss how contemporary art institutions shape our sense of identity and belonging at a time of political and social turbulence.

Speakers include:

Okwui Enwezor (Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich) 

 Enwezor is a Nigerian-born poet, art critic, art historian, and curator who helped bring global attention to African art. Enwezor is considered one of the most influential curators and theorists in contemporary art.

Marta Gili (Director, Jeu de Paume) 

Gili is the Director of Jeu de Paume in Paris, an arts centre for modern and postmodern photography and media. She is an art critic and curator and founding member of the Miro Foundation in Barcelona.

Francesco Manacorda, Director, Tate Liverpool

Manacorda has curated numerous group shows including Subcontinent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, The Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Radical Nature, solo exhibitions, as well as large scale events. He regularly contributes to many publications including Domus, Flash Art International and Art Review. He has written artists’ monographs and contributed to a wide range of group exhibition catalogues.

Gilane Tawadros (Chair) is the Vice-Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation and Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists rights management organisation. She is a curator and writer and was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA) which Stuart Hall chaired for over a decade.

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Following this event there is a screening of John Akomfrah's The Stuart Hall Project (2013).

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