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TrAIN Open Lecture

TrAIN Open Lecture | Leah Gordon and Nadine Zeidler | Ghetto Biennale Open Lecture

Date: Wednesday 09 May 2012, 17:15 to 19:00
Location: Lecture Theatre – Chelsea College of Art and Design, SW1P 4JU (Atterbury Street entrance)

The second edition of the Ghetto Biennale took place in November 2011 in Haiti. It was hosted once again by the Atis-Rezistans, the Sculptors of Grand Rue, who work and live in the slums of the red-zone in Port-au-Prince. This is referred to as, a Salon des Refusés for the 21st century, and it is an ambitious instance of marginalized artists seizing the initiative. They are asking the question ‘what happens when first world art rubs up against third world art. Does it bleed?’. That these artists have achieved visibility in the art world is due to their ability to take the structures that had excluded them, and deploy their strategies for their own ends. The Ghetto Biennale has, over its 2 installations, brought their work to the world’s attention without big budgets and big name artists.

UK based curator Leah Gordon, who pioneered the Biennale with the artists, and Nadine Zeidler, Assistant Curator at Nottingham Contemporary, discuss the Biennale, its impact, as well as different curatorial approaches and exhibitions featuring the work of Atis-Rezistans like the upcoming exhibitions of Haitian art at Nottingham Contemporary in 2012.
Leah Gordon’s film about Atis-Rezistans shot in 2008 will also be shown.

Tuesday 17 April, 2012