Contemporary Art and Democracy


A talk by Dr Emma Mahony (School of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin)

Wednesday, 14 December, School of the Arts, English and Drama, Edward Barnsley room 63.1.07

Dr. Emma Mahony is a Lecturer in the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. From 2004-8 she was exhibitions curator at the Hayward Gallery, London. Emma will talk about the role that politicized art practice can play in radicalizing democracy. It considers how, by mobilizing a number of values that are the antithesis of the normative values disseminated within our liberal democratic and neoliberal order (including dissensus, philistinism, imagination, possibility and love) Dutch artist Jonas Staal and Irish artist Kerry Guinan are variously testing out and disseminating alternative democratic forms.


For more information contact Gill Whiteley


Image: Jonas Staal, Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and Studio Jonas Staal, New World Summit – Rojava, 2015-16 Construction of public parliament, commissioned by the autonomous government of Roja (northern-Syria), in the city of Derîk. Photo: Ruben Hamelin

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