Through the Roadblocks – London
A symposium on Art, Culture, Memory and Trauma took place on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at Goldsmiths, University of London as part of the Thursday Club. The event is hosted by Prof. Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths College and is organised in collaboration with Prof. Lanfranco Aceti, Sabanci University and NeMe, Cyprus.
Art, Culture, Memory and Trauma focused on the analysis of current curatorial and artistic practices that analyse and formalise aesthetic approaches to the traumatic inheritance of social and political conflictual events and to the processes of memorialisation and aesthetisation.
In particular by taking as starting point the legacy of the Cyprus conflict and the war in Afghanistan, the symposium analysed questions related to Body Politics (Nicholas Mirzoeff), diaspora and memorialisation. The questions focused on curatorial and artistic practices as well as on the difficulties of overcoming borders and national cultural boundaries in order to develop artistic engagements and curatorial projects.
Curator: Lanfranco Aceti
Participants and convenors: Lanfranco Aceti, David Cotterrell, Helen Sloan and NeMe (Yiannis Colakides and Helene Black)
Goldsmiths, LEA, Sabanci University, Kasa Gallery, LEA
Thursday Club, Goldsmiths College, 3/4, Ben Pimlott Building, London, UK