Said Adrus: Without an Empire Symposium



Exploring themes of commemoration, mourning, the absence of ruins and ghosting the archive, Said Adrus’s Lost Pavilion project forms the basis for his exhibition Without An Empire – Ghosts Within at the 198 CAL in Hern Hill, curated by Maria M. Kheirkhah. Adrus’ video installation and photographic series comes amidst a backdrop of activities commemorating the first world war and highlights the contributions and presence of Indian Muslim, Sikh and Hindu soldiers and officers, reflecting on ideas relating to Diaspora, especially South Asian Diaspora, in its broader context.

This symposium gathers renowned artists, curators and cultural critics to discuss this important project within the wider context of the artist’s practice which encompasses a wide range of media and materials as well as important engagements with some of the most radical and critical art practices of recent times.

“In Lost Pavilion the collective impulse of the Black Arts movement of the 1980s continues in his attention to the collective contribution of Indian soldiers of diverse ethnic and religious constituencies, marked by the presence of these graves of Muslim soldiers that implies the absence of others who fought alongside them.”
Excerpt from Sites- Sights of memory and mourning By Amna Malik

Speakers include:
Dr. Amna Malik, art historian and senior lecturer, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London; Ashwani Sharma, Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, University of East London and co-editor of Darkmatter Journal; Keith Piper, artist and Associate Professor in Fine Art and Digital Media, Middlesex University London, Said Adrus, artist and Maria M. Kheirkhah artist and curator (TrAIN Research Centre, University of Arts London). This event is chaired by Professor Paul Goodwin, TrAIN research centre, UAL.

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