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.

Mission: Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation. With the Stuart Hall Library acting as a critical and creative hub for our work, we collaborate with artists, curators, researchers and cultural producers to challenge conventional notions of diversity and difference. We engage a wide audience, particularly young people, in discourse and debate on issues surrounding the politics of race, class and gender.

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Join us for this livestreamed writing/drawing performance tomorrow: Curator Nikita Gill will inscribe artist Jade Montse...
11/11/2020
Drawing Out

Join us for this livestreamed writing/drawing performance tomorrow: Curator Nikita Gill will inscribe artist Jade Montserrat’s words directly onto the gallery wall.

Marking the opening of Constellations: Care & Resistance, this performance explores the symbiotic relationship of trust held between artist and curator. Standing in for the artist, who cannot be present due to lockdown, Gill will inscribe Montserrat’s words onto the wall with charcoal. Connecting via Zoom, Montserrat will read her prepared texts aloud, while Gill fixes her words in charcoal onto the wall.

A livestreamed writing/drawing performance: Curator Nikita Gill will inscribe artist Jade Montserrat’s words directly onto the gallery wall.

Please note these workshops have been rescheduled to start Tuesday 24th November 6.15 - 7.45pm! Tickets still available ...
04/11/2020

Please note these workshops have been rescheduled to start Tuesday 24th November 6.15 - 7.45pm! Tickets still available but very limited. We offer a sliding scale for tickets so do get in touch for more info...

In these super tense moments we are pleased to be able to offer three weekly sessions of supported and guided space to think about who we are in the world.

‘Reflections on Identity and Difference’ is our new three part experiential workshop series with art psychotherapist Georgina Obaya Evans beginning next week. Taking place on Tuesday evenings (24 Nov, 1and 8 Dec) between 6.15 -7.45pm online, the workshops will explore the dynamic interplay of identity as formed through the personal, interpersonal and social and use Iniva Creative Learning's Emotional Learning Cards alongside practical / making activities.

Spaces are limited to 10 people to allow for a safe and supported environment.

Tickets are £60 for three sessions or £30 concessions (get in touch with any queries / for support)

BOOK via Eventbrite https://bit.ly/34YcqBo
Find out more at iniva.org/learning/workshops

Image courtesy of Sheena Rose, I didn't call you to insult me, 2014 Taken from our Emotional Learning Card set What do relationships mean to you?

#InivaRecommends: Fuglen, der (The Bird, There) | Digital Performance Lecture by Lasse Lau, today at 7pm UK time, presen...
18/09/2020
Fuglen, der (The Bird, There) | Digital Performance Lecture by Lasse Lau

#InivaRecommends: Fuglen, der (The Bird, There) | Digital Performance Lecture by Lasse Lau, today at 7pm UK time, presented by performingborders and Warehouse9, in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons.

‘Fuglen, der (The Bird, There)’ A performance lecture by Lasse Lau Friday 18th September Denmark time: 20:00 (CEST) UK time: 19:00 (BST) NYC time: 14:00 (ET) FREE Tickets & live cap…

This week on Chatting in the Stacks we hear from artist Rashi RajguruFrom how we experience astrophysics, to imaging a b...
06/08/2020

This week on Chatting in the Stacks we hear from artist Rashi Rajguru

From how we experience astrophysics, to imaging a black hole and the danger of taking a colonial mindset into space – Rashi shares the inspiration behind the publication she is currently working on 🔭🕳

Rashi also shares some insightful material from the library’s audiovisual collection, including excerpts from recordings of Stuart Hall and Everlyn Nicodemus and explains the importance of transcription for improving access to AV archives

Listen here: https://bit.ly/3a4N3ic

Image: A selection of books from Rashi

15/07/2020
AAMC Foundation & Art Fund Webinar: Beyond Statements: Taking Action

On July 1st, over 770 colleagues from around the global cultural sector joined Beyond Statements: Taking Action, organised by Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation and Art Fund. Speakers included: Sepake Angiama, Artistic Director, Iniva; Monica O. Montgomery, Cultural Consultant + Independent Curator & Strategic Director, Museum Hue; Sandra Shakespeare, Museum and Heritage Consultant & Co-Founder, Museum Detox; and Sara Wajid, Head of Museum Engagement, Museum of London and Founding member, Museum Detox. They discussed ways that individuals and organisations can enact change to address racial diversity, equity, and inclusive environments in education, programming, curatorial, and other departments. Watch the conversation here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXD4ck9bYzI&feature=youtu.be

Free Live Webinar July 1, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm ET / 16:00 - 17:15 BST A collaboration between the Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation and Art Fun...

Ep. 4 of Chatting in the Stacks is out now...Our guest this week is Kaya Birch-Skerritt a member of mother tongues and S...
09/07/2020

Ep. 4 of Chatting in the Stacks is out now...

Our guest this week is Kaya Birch-Skerritt a member of mother tongues and Stuart Hall Library volunteer. Kaya and our host Chloe discuss zine culture, DIY movements and Kaya’s use of zines as source material for her degree in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.

Listen here: https://bit.ly/2TDmucE

#InivaRecommends: Join Monica O. Montgomery, Sandra Shakespeare, Sara Wajid and Iniva Artistic Director Sepake Angiama f...
01/07/2020

#InivaRecommends: Join Monica O. Montgomery, Sandra Shakespeare, Sara Wajid and Iniva Artistic Director Sepake Angiama for this free webinar today. The Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation and Art Fund are working in partnership to provide a platform to advance the conversation on structural racism by joining together voices in the US and UK to explore how museums can follow up on recent statements of support with tangible actions to address racial diversity, equity, and inclusive environments. https://www.artcurators.org/event/beyondstatements

#InivaRecommends Read this article by a collective of UK arts workers including Jade Montserrat, Cecilia Wee and Michell...
26/06/2020
“We need collectivity against structural and institutional racism in the cultural sector”

#InivaRecommends Read this article by a collective of UK arts workers including Jade Montserrat, Cecilia Wee and Michelle Williams Gamaker, in which they explain how the impenetrable glass ceiling keeps them on the margins – and why public statements promising reviews, reports and diversity panels cut no ice.

A collective of Black and Asian artists, curators and educators explains how the impenetrable glass ceiling keeps them on the margins – and why public statements promising reviews, reports and diversity panels cut no ice.

#InivaRecommends: Free online curatorial workshop 23-26 June: ‘Handfuls thrown into air and scattered over earth’, is a ...
19/06/2020
Curatorial Workshop | 23-26 June | Bucharest Biennale 9

#InivaRecommends: Free online curatorial workshop 23-26 June: ‘Handfuls thrown into air and scattered over earth’, is a 4 day workshop on the theme of the exhibition as a site, agent and object of research. Speakers include: Noor Abed, Nick Aikens, Noura Al Khasawneh, Anselm Franke, Ola Hassanain, Cătălin Gheorghe, Maxime Gourdon, Georgina Jackson, Lara Khaldi, Laima Kreivytė, Steven Henry Madoff, Paul O’Neill, Noura Salem, Berit Schuck, Henk Slager, Mick Wilson, and Chahrazad Zahi.

handfuls thrown into air and scattered over earth

#InivaRecommends: An online screening organised by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore from 12–17 June of Mikhail ...
12/06/2020

#InivaRecommends: An online screening organised by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore from 12–17 June of Mikhail Kalatozov’s, I am Cuba (Soy Cuba), another film that is part of Third Way / After Bandung, the film programme accompanying Non-Aligned co-curated by writer and curator Mark Nash and film researcher Vladimir Seput that engages with postcolonial processes across different historical and geopolitical contexts. http://ntu.ccasingapore.org/events/online-screenings/

Ep. 3 of Chatting in the Stacks is out now...Our guest this week is I-Ying Liu a Curator and former Stuart Hall Library ...
04/06/2020

Ep. 3 of Chatting in the Stacks is out now...

Our guest this week is I-Ying Liu a Curator and former Stuart Hall Library volunteer. I-Ying and our host Chloe discuss a range of topics, touching on I-Ying's research interests of migration, language, translation and the concept of history.

Listen here: https://bit.ly/2TDmucE

This episode was recorded months ago, well before the outpouring of grief and anger in response to the most recent acts of racial violence. With thousands taking to the streets in protest, it is important to remember the long history of black people and allies marching for justice.

This episode touches on Ting Ting Cheng's work '2nd March 1982' for which she researched the Black People’s Day of Action, which was a march in response to the New Cross house fire of 1981 which took the lives of 13 young black people while they were celebrating a birthday party. No one has ever been charged for starting the fire.

Join Race & Health and Black Lives Matter UK today in a call for action from your doorstep. Poster by Rosa-Johan Uddoh, ...
04/06/2020

Join Race & Health and Black Lives Matter UK today in a call for action from your doorstep. Poster by Rosa-Johan Uddoh, current Stuart Hall Library artist-in-residence.

"What should be the response from cultural institutions or institutions of any kind to the racial violence that we are s...
03/06/2020

"What should be the response from cultural institutions or institutions of any kind to the racial violence that we are seeing today? How do we respond? Firstly, we need to acknowledge the hurt, pain and ongoing racial violence that occurs not only on our streets and within our communities but also within our institutions.

The work can begin by addressing what it means to be an anti-racist institution that reflects this, not only in statements but also in our employment, in our governance, in our programming, in our practice working with artists and the public. We need to reflect upon our work and recognise that systemic racism and issues of racism cannot be seen in isolation. How do we, as institutions through our policies and our practice, act to show solidarity and shape our society? How can we be spaces that voice-up and support our communities’ artistic voices or otherwise when they are in pain? How do we make spaces for our publics to breathe or pause and reflect? Can we act as platforms to bring people together? As cultural institutions, do we recognise that we have a voice that can speak to injustice?" Read the full statement below.

Image: Rudy Lowe, 'Depths of our history' (detail), 2020.

https://iniva.org/blog/2020/06/03/a-note-on-voicing/

#InivaRecommends: A performative workshop via Zoom by Jade Montserrat & Nikita Gill, tonight at 6pm. This performative w...
26/05/2020

#InivaRecommends: A performative workshop via Zoom by Jade Montserrat & Nikita Gill, tonight at 6pm. This performative workshop hosted by Block Universe expands upon Drawing as Contagion, a chapter included in forthcoming publication A Companion Guide to Contemporary Drawing, eds Kelly Chorpening and Rebecca Fortnum (2020), written by artist Jade Montserrat considering the inextricable link between drawing, writing and performance. http://blockuniverse.co.uk/performance-jade-montserrat/

21/05/2020
Act 1: Ira – Curiosity and Creative Language

Please join us on Thursday 28th May at 6pm for ‘Ira - Curiosity and Creative Language’. #Futurecollect artist Jade Montserrat will come together with practitioners from the North West in a live conversation inspired by the first object acquired by Manchester Art Gallery, James Northcote’s painting of the Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) as Othello, Moore of Venice.

Positing Ira Aldridge as a symbol of resistance, the framework for this exchange derives from developing understandings of care as potential within artistic practice.

‘Ira - Curiosity and Creative Language’ is free to attend via Zoom, however ticketing is essential. Sign up below: https://www.facebook.com/events/539257076783293/

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Image Credits:

Ira Aldridge as Aaron in Titus Andronicus, Britannia Theatre Hoxton, 1852. Engraving of a daguerrotype, in the Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection.

Ira Aldridge as Othello, lithograph by Ferdinand Zelinka, a reverse image of which appeared in Anglo-African Magazine 2, No.1 (January 1860).

Ira Aldridge as Othello, Frankfurt, 1852 (detail). Lithograph by S.Bühler from a photograph by J. Chailloux. In the Theatre Museum, Munich.

Ira and Taras Shevchenko, u.d (detail). From a drawing by Leonid Pasternak.

Ira Aldridge as Mungo in The Padlock (Published in Tallis’s Drawing Room Book of Theatrical Portraits, Memoirs and Anecdotes. London and New York: John Tallis & Co., 1851).

Ira Aldridge. A Lithograph by Nicholas Barabas, 1853 (detail), published by Beckman Bros. National Potrait Gallery, London.

Photograph of Ira Aldridge by Legé and Bergeron, Paris, ca. 1866-67 (detail), Theatre Museum Cologne.

James Northcote, Ira Aldridge as Othello, the Moor of Venice, 1826 (detail), Manchester Art Gallery

Missed the preview of "Proximate Currents: When Everything Fuses Together" by Ben Yau last night? Watch this new moving ...
15/05/2020
Proximate Currents: When Everything Fuses Together

Missed the preview of "Proximate Currents: When Everything Fuses Together" by Ben Yau last night? Watch this new moving image work on Iniva's website.

Echoing Stuart Hall’s 2011 essay “The Neoliberal Revolution”, the project collages a wide range of clips, focusing on moments of historical rupture and settlement in Britain. The work fuses together disparate footage with various sound clips from political speeches and interviews with Hall, in an attempt to capture fugitive images of past and present crises.

Echoing Stuart Hall’s 2011 essay “The Neoliberal Revolution”, the project collages a wide range of clips, focusing on moments of historical rupture and settlement in Britain. The work fuses together disparate footage with various sound clips from political speeches and interviews with Hall, in...

14/05/2020
Proximate Currents: When Everything Fuses Together by Ben Yau

Iniva is delighted to present a new moving image work by artist Ben Yau.

Echoing Stuart Hall’s 2011 essay “The Neoliberal Revolution”, the project collages a wide range of clips, focusing on moments of historical rupture and settlement in Britain. The work fuses together disparate footage with various sound clips from political speeches and interviews with Hall, in an attempt to capture fugitive images of past and present crises.

Footage of the Brixton Riots, military airstrikes in Iraq, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as vehicle crash tests, wildlife documentary and televised advertisements, are conjoined in a mass of “proximate currents”, moments that brush up against each other. Slowly, they trace a non-linear narrative from the Thatcher Era to the present moment, of “the long march of neoliberalism”.

Episode 2 of our podcast Chatting in the Stacks is out now. Listen to Stephen Weller and our host as they chat about Net...
14/05/2020

Episode 2 of our podcast Chatting in the Stacks is out now. Listen to Stephen Weller and our host as they chat about Net Art, touching on the work of Mendi & Keith Obadike, Devin Kenny, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney, E. Jane, Olia Lialina and even JLo!

Listen here:
https://bit.ly/2YJQ5Vq

13/05/2020

Watch 'Proximate Currents: When Everything Fuses Together', a new moving image work by artist Ben Yau.

Echoing Stuart Hall’s 2011 essay “The Neoliberal Revolution”, the project collages a wide range of clips, focusing on moments of historical rupture and settlement in Britain. The work fuses together disparate footage with various sound clips from political speeches and interviews with Hall, in an attempt to capture fugitive images of past and present crises.

13/05/2020
Proximate Currents trailer

Join us here this Thursday 14 May at 6pm as we present a brand new video work by artist Ben Yau.

View the trailer here, now.

Proximate Currents, echoing Stuart Hall’s 2011 essay “The Neoliberal Revolution”, is a video work collaging a wide range of clips, focusing on moments of historical rupture and settlement in Britain. The work fuses together disparate footage with various sound clips from political speeches and interviews with Hall, in an attempt to capture fugitive images of past and present crises.

Proximate Currents will premiere on Iniva’s channels this Thursday 14 May at 6pm. https://iniva.org/…/proximate-currents-when-everything-fus…/

#iniva #proximatecurrents #benyau #emergingartists #stuarthall #lockdownart #ual #inivapresents #interim

Join us here this Thursday 14 May at 6pm as we present a brand new video work by artist Ben Yau.View the trailer here, n...
13/05/2020
Proximate Currents: When Everything Fuses Together

Join us here this Thursday 14 May at 6pm as we present a brand new video work by artist Ben Yau.

View the trailer here, now.

Proximate Currents, echoing Stuart Hall’s 2011 essay “The Neoliberal Revolution”, is a video work collaging a wide range of clips, focusing on moments of historical rupture and settlement in Britain. The work fuses together disparate footage with various sound clips from political speeches and interviews with Hall, in an attempt to capture fugitive images of past and present crises.

Proximate Currents will premiere on Iniva’s channels this Thursday 14 May at 6pm. https://iniva.org/programme/projects/proximate-currents-when-everything-fuses-together/

#iniva #proximatecurrents #benyau #emergingartists #stuarthall #lockdownart #ual #inivapresents #interim

Echoing Stuart Hall’s 2011 essay “The Neoliberal Revolution”, the project collages a wide range of clips, focusing on moments of historical rupture and settlement in Britain. The work fuses together disparate footage with various sound clips from political speeches and interviews with Hall, in...

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