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Who’s identity? Whose history? Artists exploring personal and national history through the archives of others

28 February 2017


Thursday 2 March 2017
6.00-7:30pm, with drinks reception from 5:30pm
The Weston Room, Maughan Library, King’s College London, Chancery Lane London WC2 1LR
Entrance on Chancery Lane opposite the Law Society: MAP
Nearest tubes: Temple and Chancery Lane

In his work, Culture+Conflict artist-in-residence BISAN ABU EISHEH draws on information gathered through conversations and oral testimonies, archives and collected objects as tools to investigate history and politics relating to Palestine. Abu Eisheh will talk about his practice and especially his current research at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives and the Foyle Special Collections Library. This relates to British colonial history in the region, the foundation of Israel and how these have impacted on Palestinian identity.

MARIAM GHANI is an artist, filmmaker, and writer from Afghanistan based in New York. She has collaborated with artist Chitra Ganesh since 2004 on the ‘Index of the Disappeared’, an experimental archive of post-9/11 detentions, deportations, renditions and redactions. Her long-term research and film project, ‘What We Left Unfinished’, examines the lost or fragmented film history of Afghanistan. The project relates to Ghani’s family roots in Afghanistan and her interest in reconstructing failed ideals.

The event will be chaired by Dr. PABLO de ORELLANA, Teaching Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, whose research interests include nationalism, diplomacy and identity politics.

The Weston Room, where this event is held, currently houses Revolution!, an exhibition to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution and to explore the concept of revolution more broadly.

This event has been programmed by Culture+Conflict and is presented in partnership with King’s College Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, the Foyle Special Collections Library, and The Department of War Studies.

Both the event and the residencies described below are generously supported by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and Arts Council England.