Iniva - Institute of International Visual Arts

Iniva - Institute of International Visual Arts Iniva is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation.
Iniva was established to address an imbalance in the representation of culturally diverse artists, curators and writers. We are a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England and governed by a Board of Trustees.

15/04/2020
Transnational solidarity and visual culture - 9 - Bojana Piškur

Watch this fascinating keynote by Bojana Piškur at MoDes on her research and curatorial practice around cultural politics and the role art and culture within the Non-Aligned Movement.

The Non-Aligned Movement is an international coalition of states. The organisation was formed in 1961 with only 25 small to medium sized states from the Global South, with a shared endeavour against imperialism, colonialism, and racism. They cooperated – without being officially aligned – in their collective agreement not to support either the main capitalist nor the major socialist powers during the Cold War, aiming instead for a third way.

If you want to learn more, come join our online Research Network Reading Group: On Non-Aligned Narratives where we will look at the history of the Non-Aligned Movement through excerpts from Bojana Piškur’s “Southern Constellations: Other Histories, Other Modernities”.

More info and register here: https://bit.ly/2yNehLC
Bojana Piškur keynote 'Transnational solidarity and visual culture': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nELQI2-nO0

International symposium Transnational solidarity and visual culture: resistance and revolutionary memories from WWII to the Cold War Université Grenoble Alpe...

*Research Network Reading Group: On Non-Aligned Narratives*In light of our current global crisis we come back to thinkin...
14/04/2020

*Research Network Reading Group: On Non-Aligned Narratives*

In light of our current global crisis we come back to thinking through the terms ‘globalisation’ and ‘new internationalism’.

Join our online study session on the 22nd April where we will be revisiting transnational routes of solidarity through Françoise Vergès’ “Martinska/Martinique. Aimé Césaire’s Return to my Native Land“.

Together we take a look at the history of the Non-Aligned Movement through excerpts from Bojana Piškur’s “Southern Constellations: Other Histories, Other Modernities”.

This study session is open to all; it is a supportive and peer-led space for thinking and learning together. It is a space for constructive disagreements and critical engagement that is always based on mutual respect, interest and care. If you have any access requirements please email us in advance at [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate them.

More info and register here: https://bit.ly/2yNehLC

13/04/2020
Syllabus VI

Final day to get your applications in for Syllabus VI ❗️

https://bit.ly/2UVoAFT

Syllabus VI is our collaborative learning programme that will support 10 artists across 10 months. For the first time, the programme will be free, breaking down another barrier faced by underrepresented people. Delivered in partnership by Wysing Arts Centre , Eastside Projects, Iniva - Institute of International Visual Arts, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire.

The programme aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches and bring together individuals from across the UK who have not yet had access to similar programmes. We are particularly keen to support people who are currently underrepresented in the visual arts including artists with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who have faced socio-economic barriers, artists who identify as LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/2UVoAFT

📣 Artists’ Open Call: https://bit.ly/2UVoAFTDeadline is approaching for Syllabus VI, our collaborative learning programm...
10/04/2020
Syllabus VI: Open Call

📣 Artists’ Open Call: https://bit.ly/2UVoAFT

Deadline is approaching for Syllabus VI, our collaborative learning programme that will support 10 artists across 10 months. For the first time, the programme will be free, breaking down another barrier faced by underrepresented people.

Deadline: Monday 13th April, midnight.

Syllabus VI, delivered in partnership by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva - Institute of International Visual Arts, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches and bring together individuals from across the UK who have not yet had access to similar programmes. We are particularly keen to support people who are currently underrepresented in the visual arts including artists with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who have faced socio-economic barriers, artists who identify as LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities.

Find out more through the link below.

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire invite applications from artists for Syllabus VI; a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme in its sixth year that will support ten artists across ten months.

If you didn’t manage to catch our exhibition of Jade Montserrat, do the next best thing and read this fantastic write up...
09/04/2020
Gilda Williams on Jade Montserrat

If you didn’t manage to catch our exhibition of Jade Montserrat, do the next best thing and read this fantastic write up on Art Forum: https://bit.ly/3e5YOX6

“the artist, activist, and writer Jade Montserrat frequently activates her exhibition sites primarily as a valuable collection of walls, which she loads with messages and reflections about black British bodies—their overlooked history and experiences—alongside an urgent call for a renewed society built on affection, care, and ethics.” Artforum

About the exhibition:

Combining quotations with her own writing, Montserrat refers to her watercolours and drawings as dissemination tools. Sometimes the words and fragments point towards a specific reference, other times they are brief traces of a conversation or experience. What they all have in common is they are instances in Montserrat’s ongoing exploration of building spaces of belonging and care. They sit alongside other strands of her manifold practice, informed by the interplay of art and activism and the literary traditions of the Black Atlantic.

The series of watercolours and drawings are in dialogue with the context of the Stuart Hall Library, which in turn amplifies the multitude of voices in a perpetual, generative reverberation. The exhibition is accompanied by a reading list and publication display responding to Jade Montserrat’s work.

With thanks to Contemporary Art Society and York Art Gallery (York Museums Trust).

A gallery today is mostly imagined as a three-dimensional space; instead, the artist, activist, and writer Jade Montserrat frequently activates her exhibition sites primarily as a valuable collection of walls, which she loads with messages and reflections about black British bodies—their overlooke...

In an age of uncertainty, our Precarious Decades research network series from 2017 is worth reflecting on.  Listen to th...
07/04/2020

In an age of uncertainty, our Precarious Decades research network series from 2017 is worth reflecting on. Listen to this event online, in which curator Nicole Crentsil is in conversation with artist Joy Miessi about Joy’s journey through embracing her Blackness and how it has impacted her practice as a young Black British artist.

https://soundcloud.com/iniva/precarious-decades

They examine the influence of hair and skin as a cultural catalyst for wider conversations on self love and mental health and retrace Joy’s artistic timeline and literary influences. Joy and Nicole explore the significance of collaboration, creating digital capsules and documenting one’s story.

Joy Miessi is an artist based in London. Joy translates moments, conversations, feelings and intimate thoughts into visual pieces for reflection. Social themes such as race, gender and sexuality recur in Joy’s work and are translated through abstract shapes, figures and writing.

Nicole Crentsil is a curator, public speaker and arts facilitator based in London. Nicole creatively retells the experiences and stories of Black British women through art and conversation, documenting their lives through a diasporic lens.

How can speculative science fiction reflect and help navigate moments of crisis? Listen to the discussion between Angela...
06/04/2020

How can speculative science fiction reflect and help navigate moments of crisis? Listen to the discussion between Angela Chan / Worm and artist Ama Josephine Budge in this research network event from 2019

https://soundcloud.com/iniva/research-network-speculative-climate-stories

Angela's and Ama's discussion emphasise a positionality as global North diaspora, to collectively engage with speculative climate fiction in solidarity with global BIPOC-led climate justice activism.

Angela presents research on communicating climate change through contemporary Chinese speculative and science fiction, and explores the interconnected environmental and socio-economic issues in China today. Responding to Angela, writer, curator and artist Ama Josephine Budge discusses speculative climate fiction from a West African perspective.

Reading excerpts from selected speculative climate stories, they navigate how storytelling imaginatively and critically rejects climate colonialism. Whilst decentralising the Western ‘cli-fi’ discourse, they also problematise the limited debate in Chinese ‘cli-fi’ on the growing political concerns over China’s expanding economic relations with African nations for natural resources.

Listen to this poem composed entirely of unedited text found on t-shirts, mostly sold in China.  Performed by Ming Lin a...
03/04/2020

Listen to this poem composed entirely of unedited text found on t-shirts, mostly sold in China. Performed by Ming Lin and Alexandra Tatarsky as part of their body of research The Shanzai Lyric and presented at Iniva in 2018.

https://soundcloud.com/iniva/research-network-drepm-the-woeld-the-shanzai-lyric

The Shanzhai Lyric focuses on radical logistics and linguistics through the prism of technological aberration and nonofficial cultures. This inquiry into the glossolalic and supra-sensical text that often appears on counterfeit (Shanzhai) clothing looks at how the distorted rhetoric of fashion and branding uses mimicry, hybridity, and permutation to revel in and reveal the artifice of global hierarchies. Real and ideal collapse in a lateral logic that generates new forms of agency among unlikely collaborators. Speaking at the seams of production, this work contributes to a post-colonial discourse surrounding the strategic use of language as a mode of resistance. How might new fabrics of relation be woven from the detritus of consumerism?

Listen now to Ali Nobil Ahmad's presentation of films concerning political ecology from the perspective of the global So...
01/04/2020

Listen now to Ali Nobil Ahmad's presentation of films concerning political ecology from the perspective of the global South with curator/researcher and lecturer Dr. Nicole Wolf as respondent. Presented in 2019 as part of Iniva's More-than-Human Care Research Network series.

https://soundcloud.com/iniva/sets/research-network-more-than

Analyzing an array of themes, forms, and strategies deployed in environmentally engaged documentary, cinematic fiction, and visual art, Ahmad considers some of the most inspiring filmmakers since the 1970s. Special attention is accorded to exilic Pakistani director Jamil Dehlavi, whose sublime works of cosmopolitan modernism, recently screened in a retrospective at the British Film Institute and released on DVD, encapsulate a visionary, subversive eco-theology derived from religious experience and modernist philosophy. Lesser known voices and approaches are also identified in a selective survey of the current wave of digital documentary and art films to address climate justice in Asia and Africa, screened in Berlin in 2017 as part of the anthropoSCENE festival.

Then, in a personal reflection on his own practice-based, collaborative work in the context of Pakistan, Ahmad discusses his growing interest in questions of human and non-human agency, kinship, and care across species. Theoretical, praxis-related, and ethical issues surrounding the politics and aesthetics of language, still and moving images are explored with close reference to his two experimental documentaries about the aftermath of the 2010 floods in Pakistan, Waseb [Nation] (2015) and Lok Sath [People’s Tribunal] (2018). He will also discuss his most recent film on tape ball cricket in Lahore, a Punjabi homage to CLR James, currently in production.

What does it means to be a professional mother in the intersection of feminist politics and contemporary art?As part of ...
31/03/2020

What does it means to be a professional mother in the intersection of feminist politics and contemporary art?

As part of Iniva's Duties of Self-Care public programme, Helen Benigson presented audio, video, and spoken word relating to her three and half year research titled 'Tongue-Tie', followed by conversation with Professor Lisa Baraitser.

Listen to audio of the performance and discussion on our soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/iniva/research-network-tongue-tie-06-march-2019

'Tongue-Tie' explores research on the economies of mothers, bodies and pain, online and in real life with particular reference to breastfeeding trauma, tongue-tie, public breastfeeding and mastitis.

Helen’s research (written and visual) sets up a dichotomy between a pre-Internet generation of mothers and that of a highly mediated Post-Internet age of breastfeeding (m)others.

In times of precariousness it seems relevant to reflect on the processes in which labour, consumption, and self-care are...
28/03/2020

In times of precariousness it seems relevant to reflect on the processes in which labour, consumption, and self-care are mediated. And how they can sometimes be toxic.

In this Research Network event 'The Difference That Difference Makes', Dr Maria Walsh presents artists’ moving image works that use the ‘performative’ in relation to therapeutic discourses. Artists are confronting new ways of understanding performative strategies, 'to sometimes mimic, to sometimes redirect the tropes of neoliberal productivity.'

We encounter how Rehana Zaman’s and Oreet Ashery’s films present loosely (per)formed communities who challenge or participate in the therapeutic discourse of well-being. What difference does the emphasis on difference in these artists’ films make to neoliberal therapeutic discourses of well-being and care.

Listen to the event here: https://soundcloud.com/iniva/research-network-the-difference-that-difference-makes

Presented in 2018 as part of Iniva's Duties of Self-Care public programme.

As the pandemic is being utilised internationally to threaten closures of abortion clinics – deemed 'nonessential' – we ...
27/03/2020

As the pandemic is being utilised internationally to threaten closures of abortion clinics – deemed 'nonessential' – we are reminded of how sexual health access is entangled in structural power.

As part of Iniva's More-than-Human Care public programme, artist and researcher Dr Luiza Prado presented a performance-lecture 'The Weeds Became Long Graceful Grasses', with writer and Sexual and Reproductive Health Doctor, Dr Annabel Sowemimo as respondent in 2019.

Listen to the performance-lecture and the following discussion here: https://soundcloud.com/iniva/research-network-long-graceful-grasses?in=iniva/sets/research-network-more-than

Sonia Boyce OBE RA, Good Morning Freedom, 2013
27/03/2020

Sonia Boyce OBE RA, Good Morning Freedom, 2013

Our blog post about the history of black arts magazines in the UK offers inspiration for self-publishing and includes a ...
27/03/2020
Black Arts Magazines in the Critical Decade

Our blog post about the history of black arts magazines in the UK offers inspiration for self-publishing and includes a discussion between Joy Gregory (artist) and David A. Bailey (artist, writer and curator) in conversation with Nick Brown (previous Librarian at the Stuart Hall Library, Iniva).

The conversation introduced some key publications and attempted to critically situate them. Produced during a time of cuts in public services and welfare, increasing social division and a dominant narrative in the popular press of racism and xenophobia, the current importance of these magazines might be as a tool to help inform an emergent generation of cultural activists now facing an intensification of some of these same issues.

Produced for the occasion of Iniva at DIY Festival 2016.

Check it out here: https://iniva.org/blog/2016/07/01/black-arts-magazines-in-critical-decade/

As part of DIY Cultures festival (produced and curated by Hamja Ahsan & Helena Wee of Other Asias, and Sofia Niazi of OOMK magazine) the library recently organised a workshop and discussion about the history of black arts magazines in the UK. Recordings are available at the bottom of the page.

For the third and final session of the Iniva x Laundry Arts (@thelaundryarts) Reading Together Society, we will be meeti...
21/03/2020

For the third and final session of the Iniva x Laundry Arts (@thelaundryarts) Reading Together Society, we will be meeting online and sharing our thoughts via Google Docs.

Engage with Adrienne Maree Brown and Paul Chan’s text collectively and share your thoughts on progressive organising in the emerging world.

'Emergent Strategies' by Adrienne Maree Brown recognises our experiences as non-linear and iterative and teaches us how to work with rather than against our emerging selves and the emerging world, in order to shape the societies we want to see.

We will then collectively read Paul Chan’s 'The Unthinkable Community' which brilliantly deconstructs notions of community online versus offline.

Join us as we continue our interest in considering written works that can help us determine strategies and tools for existing, working and surviving in the arts in 2020.

Online event via Google Docs
Link in bio
https://bit.ly/2vBb1la

Image: @e_flux journal taken by Laundry Arts, 2020

#iniva #laundryarts #stuarthalllibrary #readingtogether #andriennemariebrown #paulchan #readinggroup #saturday

Our third Contemporary Art Space commissions, delivered in partnership with RSA Academies @thersaorg. This artwork ‘The ...
20/03/2020

Our third Contemporary Art Space commissions, delivered in partnership with RSA Academies @thersaorg.

This artwork ‘The Depths of Our History’ by Rudy Loewe reflects the histories of protest in Handsworth, over the last fifty years or so. The work was created after artist @rudyloewe led workshops with year eight students at Holyhead School.

The students came up with words that they felt represented the community, in languages that people in Handsworth speak. They chose the phrase “We were born to stand out, not to fit in” to be part of the work. The final piece shows paintings by Rudy and drawings and text by the students that were created during the workshops.

The banner is intended to celebrate Handsworth’s histories as well as highlight the years of resistance that have happened there. The banner's position creates a sheltered area that aims to mark out a space for student conversation and debate.

📸 Images by @anisafazal

#RSAAcademies #artinschools #inivacreativelearning #rudyloewe @ Holyhead School

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