Month: October 2015

Mirage, 20 Years On

Mirage, 20 Years On

ICA London

Mirage, 20 Years On was a symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the the groundbreaking exhibition Mirage: Enigmas Of Race, Difference & Desire curated by ICF Creative Director David A. Bailey and organised in partnership with Iniva. The symposium, which took place on 20 October 2015, set out to ask the questions:

‘If the 1995 exhibition marked a moment of considering the importance of Franz Fanon and ways in which his writings on post-colonialism, identity, cinema and psychoanalysis intertwined with artistic practices and race, then what should the contemporary moment reflect upon? Where are we now in relation to structural violence, de-colonising culture and relations, and the power of aesthetics and its explorations of complex formations of racial identities?’

The symposium was organised in three parts:
1. Platforms and the desire for institutional frameworks
2. Networks and circulations of agency and resistance
3. Mediated bodies and the techno-diaspora  

And the speakers included:
Greg de Cuir Jr. (Writer)
Evan Ifekoya (Artist)
Lyle Ashton Harris (Artist)
Allison Thompson (Independent Curator)
Morgan Quaintance (Independent Curator)
Melanie Keen (Director, Iniva)
Yasmina Reggad (Independent Curator)
Osei Bonsu (Independent Curator)

The symposium was organised by ICF in partnership with University of the Arts London, the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the Royal College of Art, Live Art Development Agency and Tiwani Contemporary. Funding and support came from Arts Council England, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Harvard University and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

FANON Now

FANON Now

Live Art Development Agency, London

In 1995 ICF’s Creative Director David A Bailey curated the exhibition Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference & Desire at the ICA in collaboration with Iniva. This landmark project marked a moment of considering the importance of Franz Fanon and ways in which his writings on post-colonialism, identity, cinema and psychoanalysis intertwined with artistic practices and race.

Research into the legacy of this project has been made possible with funding from the Arts Council England and part of that research involved a discussion event with artists from the original Mirage project and artists from subsequent generations, in order to reflect on the contemporary moment in relation to structural violence, de-colonising culture and relations, and the power of aesthetics and its explorations of complex formations of racial identities.

This became a timely opportunity to look back at Mirage and review the present and future conditions in relation to the thematic structure set up by the original project.

Contributors to the conversation included:
Keith Khan
Barby Asante
Ria Hartley
Selina Thomson
Jamila Johnson Small
Alexandrina Helmsley

To hear an audio recording of the event click here