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Through A Different Lens: Commissioning Artists, Diversifying Collections

16 May 2022

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Mon, 16 May
19:00 – 20:30

Timezone: Europe/London

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How we can work together towards diversifying our national collections and support artists in the making, and placing, of new works

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Join a panel of acclaimed artists and international curators for an informal conversation about contemporary museum collections with a focus on photography. This panel will consider how we might address inherent representational gaps through strategic commissioning and collaborative practices within, beyond and between institutions.

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How can we work together towards diversifying our national collections and supporting artists in the making, and placing, of new works? What different strategies do museums currently adopt to ensure that more works by female-identifying and non-binary artists of colour are acquired? What difference does commissioning make to artists’ practices, and how might we support the process curatorially, and institutionally? What does curatorial responsibility and best practice look like, and what are the key challenges we face in these change-making processes? What have we done in the past, where are we doing in the present, and what must we do in the future?

In the context of ongoing decolonising and diversifying strategies across the museum sector to address historical imbalances, this open-ended roundtable conversation will consider Autograph’s long-standing advocacy work in collection development, commissioning artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and the invited panellists’ ongoing commitment to implementing – and sustaining – institutional change.

We will be joined by Fiona Rogers, the recently appointed Parasol Foundation Curator of Women in Photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate – as well as contemporary artists Ingrid Pollard and Jeannette Ehlers who will reflect on the experience of being commissioned by, and working with, institutions on acquisitions. The conversation will be chaired by Renée Mussai, Autograph’s Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collections.

Supported by Art Fund, this event forms part of the upcoming digital launch of 'Amplify – Stranger in the Village: Afro-European Matters', Autograph’s most recent commissioning project featuring new work by artists Jeannette Ehlers, Sasha Huber and Mónica de Miranda to be accessioned into Autograph’s collection of photography.

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