Debordering Citizenship, a Workshop

23 Jan 2018

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Arts Catalyst

London, United Kingdom

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Join Arts Catalyst for Debordering Citizenship, a workshop examining the role artists might play in re-defining notions of citizenship, and in shaping public perception around migration, as the 'Dreamed Native Ancestry [DNA]' programme draws to a close.


Who is a citizen? How can we define one and how does this definition change over time? 

Ètienne Balibar suggests we think about citizenship as an ‘institution in flux’, but what are the practices and movements that allow this social and political construct to become fluid, porous and unstable.

The notion of citizenship can indeed be understood on the one hand as a set of rules, procedures and conditions that subjects in movement have to respond to in order to access rights and benefits, in order to belong and be integrated. On the other, citizenship can be acted, invented and produced through democratic, inter-subjective and collective practices that do not entail bureaucratic processes.

Please send a short bio and a brief outline (500 words max) of the project that you would like to present during the workshop to by 22 January. 

We welcome submissions from artists, curators and researchers, scientists, community organisers and activists whose practices challenge, expand and re-invent forms of citizenship.

The workshop will be facilitated by programme curator Anna Santomauro.

Anna Santomauro is Programme Curator at Arts Catalyst. She was previously an independent curator and the Co-founder and Chief Curator of Vessel in Bari, Italy, a non-profit arts organisation that develops public programmes and alternative education projects to address contemporary social, political, and economic issues. Based in Birmingham for the last few years, Anna recently worked for Eastside Projects and is curator-in-residence at Grand Union. She is a part-time PhD candidate at the University of Wolverhampton.


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