THE INSTITUTIONAL COLLAPSE - Artists for Artists Masterclass

9 Nov 2020 – 30 Nov 2020

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Timezone: Europe/London

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Hosted by: Artists for Artists

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AfA invites early-career artists from around the world to take part in The Institutional Collapse masterclass led by artists Noah Fischer, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon (MTL Collective/ Decolonize this Place), and Vivien Sansour.


For its second edition, AfA Masterclass proceeds with the proposition that institutions have no intrinsic value in society. At a tipping point, communities worldwide are ‘on the march’ - protesting issues including economic collapse, structural racism, forms of colonialism, ecological disaster, corruption, and femicide. In the face of this, institutions appear increasingly anemic, many buckling under the economic and political strain. Others are facing intensified scrutiny for amplifying structural disadvantage and failing to serve community needs.  

Is it time to rebuild, resuscitate, or raze? What novel forms of artistic practice can germinate through this institutional failure and precarity? And, what new forms of personal and collective agency can be engendered through art practice? 

The second edition of the AfA Masterclass Series: Institutional Collapse will focus on:

Decoloniality: museums, governance, collections, structure, archives, marginalized histories and knowledge systems, institutional co-option 

Activism: community, collectives, networks, safety, infrastructure, solidarity 

Care/Repair: memory, modalities of engagement, language, training, access, lived experience, radical forms of care, preservation.

The Institutional Collapse will run between 26-30 November 2020 and will be led by Advising Artists: Noah Fischer, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon (MTL Collective), Vivien Sansour .

The Masterclass will consist of three key components:

  • AfA Lectures: Advising Artists will present on their practice and related thematics.

  • AfA Workshops: A maximum of 6 Participating Artists are assigned per Advising Artist to attend workshops conducted online. 

  • AfA Micro Grant: Once an application is successful, Participating Artists are asked to contribute a recommended donation of $50. All donations are pooled together and redistributed as a Micro Grant to one Participating Artist per workshop, through a peer-to-peer voting system.

For more information and the submission of the application here.

Deadline EXTENDED:  Monday, November 9, 2020.

Exhibiting artists

Amin Husain

Vivien Sansour

Jeanne van Heeswijk

Nitasha Dhillon


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