Speakers will explore the links between historic and contemporary decorative/craft practices to reassess their value in the worlds of art, design and literature. The symposium will look at site-specific works and identity to explore how decorative craft-makers might engage with protest in the artworld and beyond…
The symposium will ask questions such as: What does it mean to make artworks that challenge concepts of ‘place’? Can the decorative be political? How might craft disrupt the gallery and museum space? What might a feminist genealogy of decorative art and craft look like?
Provisional titles for talks on the day include:
Enam Gbewonyo (artist/curator): Yarn, power and patriarchy: a painstaking exercise in unravelling the seams of oppression
Claire Mead (curator): Disruption and Collaboration: collectively queering the museum and archive through craft
Dr. Hope Wolf (Sussex): ‘Womb Life’: Portraits of Grace Pailthorpe and Reuben Mednikoff at Home
Priya Khanchandani (writer/curator): Decolonising Culture
Dr. Megha Rajguru (Brighton): 'Constructing modernity: The Indian home in the Vistara exhibition'.
Professor Sanja Bahun (Essex): Lyubov Popova, Varvara Stepanova, and the Female Artist as Producer of Reality
Dr. Rosemary Shirley (Manchester): Festive Landscapes: Well-dressing and place in contemporary rural Derbyshire
Madi Acharya-Baskerville (artist): ‘Walking through the forest, Searching for the sea’: Finding, Collecting and Making
Dr. Louise Purbrick (Brighton): Rags and Resistance: everyday protests around the twentieth century
Kasia Jezowska (Oxford): 'Too tentative.’ On the reception of Polish exhibitions at the Milan Triennali during the Cold War.
Nicole Morris & Maria de Lima (artists): INGEST / DIGEST / EXCRETE
The day will end with a screening of “The Famous Women Dinner Service”: In Conversation with Contemporary Art, followed by a Q&A with Dr. Hana Leaper led by Jenni Råback.