Conversations on Visibility - Doing

Studio Jum’ah concept map for Studio Complex, Tate Exchange, London, 2018. Credit: Abbas Zahedi

On Tuesday 25 January, join our next and final Conversation on Visibility, this time on Doing: What should we do together now - in the arts and working in communities - to address the challenging conditions of our world? What are the strategies and tactics for action and change?

A panel of artists, arts professionals and community organisers will discuss how they have worked among communities within and outside the arts to create strategies for addressing structures of inequity. As Metroland Cultures moves into a busy year of ambitious community-led artistic projects, we round up this series reflecting on how we might gather, move, speak and do things in Brent and beyond towards a more just society.

The panel facilitator is Season Butler; a writer, artist, dramaturg and lecturer in Performance Studies and Creative Writing. Her writing, research and art practice centre around intersectionality and narratives of otherness, isolation and negotiations with hope. She is joined by Abbas Zahedi, an artist and Brent Biennial 2022 Curatorial Committee member; writer and organiser Diana Damian Martin of Migrants in Culture and Daphne Giachero, Community Organiser with Brent and Harrow Citizens.

This event and all our Conversations on Visibility are BSL interpreted and audio captioned. If you have any additional access needs, please do let us know.

The conversation series has focused on the in/visibility of arts practices rooted in local communities, cultures and practices of care, as part of Making Myself Visible. It has considered: What does it mean to adopt principles and practices from community work and community organising in arts organisations? What do we in the arts know and what do we need to learn? Who should be part of the conversation? Who should lead?

On demand recording will be made available soon - watch this space!

About the speakers:

SEASON BUTLER

Season Butler - is a writer, artist and dramaturg born in Washington, DC. Through her work, she explores her interest in identity and otherness, the opportunities and traps of hindsight and hope, and what it means to look forward to an increasingly wily future.

ABBAS ZAHEDI

Abbas Zahedi - Abbas is an artist whose interdisciplinary practice blends contemporary philosophy, poetics, and social dynamics with sound, sculpture, and other performative media. With an emphasis on how personal and collective histories interweave, Zahedi makes connections whenever possible with those around, in proximity to, or involved with the particular situations upon which he focuses. Abbas's work was included in the Brent Biennial in 2020 and he is part of the Curatorial Committee for the 2022 Brent Biennial.

DIANA DAMIEN

Diana Damien speaking as a member of Migrants in Culture - Migrants in Culture is a group of migrant culture workers working towards border abolition and migrant justice. They do this by using their creative skills to connect people, share knowledge, shift narratives, and make organising purposeful, pleasurable, accessible, and impactful.

DAPHNE GIACHERO

Daphne Giachero, Brent and Harrow Citizens, Citizens UK - Daphne is a Community Organiser with Brent and Harrow Citizens, two local alliances of civic society organisations such as faith groups, schools and charities that come together to build people power and campaign for the common good.