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Summer Seminar 2022: The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art

Image: Gregory Sholette speaking during the FSAS Summer Seminar 2016.

*Deadline extended*


Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) are delighted that New-York based artist, activist and writer, Professor Gregory Sholette, will lead our 2022 Summer Seminar, The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art. Named after his upcoming book (Autumn 2022 publication), the two-day seminar will focus on the theory and practice of protest aesthetics from the Situationists of the 1960s to Black Lives Matter today.

Participants will be invited to explore the nature of their own socially engaged art practice through various critical lenses including curatorial, research-based, educational and artistic.

For this dynamic seminar, Gregory has invited two guest speakers with a wide range of knowledge and relevant experiences to contribute to the seminar: Olga Kopenkina who will contribute to the discussion with a focus on curatorial activism in Belarus during the 2020 anti-government protests and Mykola Rydni, curator and activist from Ukraine, who will discuss wartime cultural practices.

 

DETAILS

Dates:              4 & 5 July 2022

Time:               10am - 4pm

Venue:             Project Space, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin 1

Price:               €60 for the two days, lunch included.

How to apply

To apply, please send the following:

  1. a selected CV of no more than 2 pages
  2. a statement referring to a project that demonstrates the socially engaged or collaborative nature of your practice and what areas of your practice this seminar will address, in no more than 1 page, with up to 4 images.

Please send all these documents in 1 PDF file by email to apply@firestation.ie with the subject line Summer Seminar. No postal or hard copy application can be managed because of time constraints.   

Please note places are limited and the closing date for receipt of completed application is Monday 13 June, 5pm.

Further information: email programme@firestation.ieor director@firestation.ie

 

SEMINAR LEADER AND SPEAKERS’ BIOGRAPHIES

Gregory Sholette is a New York-based activist artist and writer who has participated in, documented and written about activist art for over forty years. His art and research theorize and document issues of collective cultural labor, activist art, and counter-historical representation. He is the Professor of studio art and co-director of the Social Practice Queens MFA concentration and certificate at Queens College CUNY. He is an associate of the Art, Design and Visual Art Program (MFA 1995), and the Public Domain program of Harvard’s University’s Graduate School of Design.

Olga Kopenkina is an independent curator and art critic, born in Minsk, Belarus, based in New York City since 1999. Currently, she is a curator of the exhibition “The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor,” which will be on view from June 23 until August 26, 2022, at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York. Olga’s recent publications have been focusing on Belarusian contemporary art and activists projects during the mass protests in Belarus, after the presidential elections in 2020. She is also an adjunct professor at New York University and Fordham University.

Mykola Ridnyi is an artist and film maker, curator and author of essays on art and politics.  Born in Kharkiv and working in Kyiv, Ukraine, he is a founding member of the SOSKa group, an art collective based in Kharkiv since 2005. This key collective was instrumental in developing the vibrant artistic scene in the region until it was closed down in 2012. In 2019 he curated Armed and Dangerous, a multi-media platform which brings together video artists and experimental film directors in Ukraine.  His work is held in Public collections including Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich and Ludwig Museum, Budapest.

Professor Gregory Sholette is the Summer 2022 scholar in residence at SIRIUS, Cobh, Cork County. Thank you to Miguel Amado, the director of SIRIUS, for bringing him to Ireland.