Contemporary Conversation: Form and Frontier

Iman Issa, Untitled Illustration from Page 7 of ‘Art of the Past Twenty-two Centuries’ Exhibition Catalogue, from the series Replica for Illustration, c-print, 92 x 61.5 cm, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Rodeo, London / Piraeus.
Iman Issa, Untitled Illustration from Page 7 of ‘Art of the Past Twenty-two Centuries’ Exhibition Catalogue, from the series Replica for Illustration, c-print, 92 x 61.5 cm, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Rodeo, London / Piraeus.
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How do artistic and architectural forms divide individuals and communities? How do design and the visual arts circumscribe our sense of self in the world? These questions suggest a series of internal borders — assimilable and foreign, history and memory, human and non-human — and framing devices concealed by Western modern visual language.

This Contemporary Conversation explores how form and frontier intersect in twentieth century art and architecture, how their deployment in modern design erased local histories and communities through dispossession, abstraction and appropriation, and how transdisciplinary practices in art and architecture can reposition their function.

The event is part of the series Contemporary Conversations, which looks at arts position to its present. Acknowledging artists’ role in neither coinciding nor departing from their time, but working with its passage, pressing and transforming it, this series of evening dialogues explores the present tense in its cultural and political dimensions, visual cultures and postcolonial debates.

Free. Booking required. BSL interpretation for this event is available upon request.

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Iman Issa (b. 1979, Cairo) is an artist currently based between New York and Berlin. Her work is driven by her intense interest in history and her insistence on questioning the preconceptions that govern knowledge. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Whitney Museum of American Art, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; MoMA, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; 21er Haus, Vienna; MACBA, Barcelona; the Perez Art Museum, Miami; New Museum, New York; and KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin; among others. Issa taught at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York between 2012-2017 and since 2014 has been a member of the curriculum committee of the Home Workspace program in Beirut. She is currently a guest professor at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen.

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