Saturday 27 October
Lecture Theatre B
London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle, London
Free and open to all.
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Visible Justice: Collective Imaging and Imagining is the inaugural symposium of the Visible Justice research collective and will take place on Saturday, 27 October 2018 at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. This day-long series of talks and presentations will look at how cultural practices and the visual arts can create meaningful interventions into existing legal and political frameworks.
Increasingly, artists are pairing with activists, journalists, human rights lawyers, civil liberties organisations and other NGOs to examine the practical and ethical implications of their work, and to test new forms of interdisciplinary cooperation. The symposium draws together paired speakers to discuss their collaborations, addressing concepts of justice, advocacy and efficacy in response to the urgent needs of the current political climate.
In light of the arrest and detainment of educator and photojournalist, Shahidul Alam, his niece Sofia Karim, architect and campaigner for his release, will give a special address.
An accompanying pop-up exhibition at LCC will present projects by the participants, offering a visual counterpart to these conversations.
Ellen Mara De Wachter (curator and author of Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration)
Fred Ritchin (writer and Dean Emeritus of the School at the International Center of Photography)
Helene Kazan (artist) in conversation with Yoriko Otomo (legal scholar and editor of Gender, Warr & Technology)
David Birkin (artist) in conversation with Maya Foa (director of human rights organisation Reprieve)
Edmund Clark (artist) in conversation with Jinnie Jefferies (head of psychodrama at HM Prison Grendon)
David Blandy (artist) in conversation with Alison Drake (teacher and Castleford community organiser)
Sofia Karim (architect and campaigner for the release of photojournalist, teacher and activist Shahidul Alam)
Max Houghton (writer, curator and course leader of MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC)
Visible Justice: Collective Imaging and Imagining is organised by David Birkin and Max Houghton.
VISIBLE JUSTICE is a new interdisciplinary research collective based at University of the Arts London. Its purpose is to provide a platform for artists and organisations working at the intersection of visual culture and social justice. Through a series of symposia, public projects and exhibitions, it aims to stimulate creative collaboration across professional lines and to deepen the discourse around questions of visuality, responsibility and political voice.