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Promised Land symposium – Saturday 3 December – Central Saint Martins

21 September 2016

The next event in our Promised Land programme, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut London, is a one-day symposium on Saturday 3 December at Central Saint Martins in London. This symposium provides a platform for artists, curators, writers, intellectuals and experts to address the promise of Europe as a place of human rights, security and prosperity; and the Europe of borders, refugee camps, populism, and heightened nationalism.

Speakers include EMEKA OKEREKE of Invisible Borders, whose work prompts an Afro-centric conversation about Europe, including an account of an overland journey crossing borders from Lagos to Sarajevo; TOBIAS ZIELONY talking about his work The Citizen for the German pavilion at Venice Biennial last year, a self portrayal by refugees, rather than the ubiquitous accounts in the media of the ‘other’; Professor ULRIKE GUÉROT, with a keynote at the symposium, who has a positive proposition for a new radical version of democracy; Palestinian artist BISAN ABU EISHEH, currently living in Glasgow, who suggests a shared awareness around the details often lost within grand narratives and tangible stereotypes, addressing questions about national identity, mobility, migration and socio-political injustices; and PHOEBE BOSWELL, born in Kenya, a childhood in the Middle East before coming to London, who will explore the meaning of ‘home’ and belonging.

The day will begin with Christoph Schlingensief’s film, Foreigners Out! (2002) and Nina Katchadourian’s Accent Elimination (2005); and a new work commissioned for this programme, Quicksand, by NIKOLAJ SKYUM BENDIX LARSEN; and in the evening there will be a screening of Philip Scheffner’s Havarie (2016).

The price of £5.90 covers a full day of talks by speakers from the UK, Germany, Nigeria, France, Palestine and Austria; film screenings; the premiere of a new art commission; and a drinks reception. Bookings click here

Tickets for only the 6pm screening of Philip Scheffner’s Havarie (2016): £3.78. Bookings click here

The symposium follows on from our sold-out event at the ICA in October with Hrair Sarkissian (artist), Frances Stonor Saunders (writer) and Jonas Staal (artist), moderated by Bernadette Buckley (sociologist), and our most recent event ‘Working across continents’ at the Goethe-Institut London on 5 November, including artist Uriel Orlow; Pooja Sood (KHOJ, Delhi); Alexander Koch (KOW, Berlin); David A. Bailey (International Curators Forum); Reema Salha Fadda (Ibraaz); Andrea Thal (CIC Cairo), programmed by Marcel Bleuler (artasfoundation), Michaela Crimmin (Culture+Conflict) and Raphael Gygax (Frieze Projects).

A central part of the Promised Land programme, we have co-commissioed Nikolaj Skyum Bendix Larsen, in collaboration with Duncan Pickstock and Mikkel H. Eriksen, to make a new work. Titled Quicksand it will be premiered at the symposium in December, and subsequently shown at Hull City of Culture in spring 2017 in the central exhibition curated by Film & Video Umbrella.

Promised Land has been made possible through generous support from the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Arts Council England, Goethe-Institut London, and with additional support from the Danish Embassy and the Danish Arts Council.