Art and Human Rights Network Day Workshop with an Exhibition of Chilean Arpilleras

Date: 20.06.17
Time: 14.00 - 18.00

Centre of Latin American Studies (CLAS)
University of Cambridge
Alison Richard Building 

7 West Road

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Curator: Roberta Bacic.
Facilitator: Dr. Lorna Dillon, University of Kent

Part of 
The Exchange Development Series

The Exchange is delighted to be supporting this event as part of the Exchange Development and Networking series for Creatives and Early Career Researchers

Who is this event for?

We hope this will be of particular interest to creatives and academics from our TCCE / Exchange networks who are working in related areas. 

What is the purpose of this event?

Art has an extraordinary role to play in the process of peace-building. In contexts in which war, migration and state-perpetrated violence has left painful legacies of collective trauma, the multivalence of the art object has immense significance. Art and museum exhibitions are uniquely placed to intersect the public space and facilitate commemoration and dialogue. There is a need for understanding on the value and agency of museum and art exhibitions, which are linked to issues of human rights.

What will happen at this event?

This event will bring together academics, artists and museum staff to discuss the value of exhibitions and the role of art in processes of peace-building, reflecting on collective memory and providing trauma therapy. It will also explore the way artistic objects and museum artefacts from one context can be used for therapeutic purposes within a different context. Handling objects from a museum collection can help people work through anxieties and alienation and exercise remembrance. This allows people to heal by forming new narratives of self and of their shared experience.

The discussion will include an interview with Roberta Bacic, the curator of the Conflict Textiles collection and the seminar will be complemented by an exhibition of six arpilleras from the Conflict Textiles collection.

Please note: The interview with Roberta Bacic will be recorded  to create a podcast.
The event, which runs from 2-6pm, will be followed by a wine reception.

Further Event Information

The event is free to attend. Booking is recommended.

Please RSVP to Dr Lorna Dillon, University of Kent

Further information please click here

The main outcome from this event will be a reflective report on the collaborative intellectual and artistic exchange bringing together the academic perspective on works of art and exhibitions with the curatorial perspective. The process will explore the value of the art object and the impact it can have. The report will explore the convergence of the different approaches to the value of art in the context of human rights and will detail the findings regarding the impact and value of exhibitions.

This event is supported by HEFCE and ACE via The Exchange project

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