art activism and representation

Workshop & Discussion
Facilitated by Emily Waszak and Evgeny Shtorn
Cost: Free

Limited to 20 participants*

This workshop will explore crucial and challenging questions around the ethics of representation and related tensions between art and activism. The issue of representation is made additionally complicated by observing the intersectional perspectives where the artist must simultaneously think about themselves in terms of their own class, race, gender and sexuality alongside that of the community within which they are working. This workshop will address these interrelated topics, examining the overlapping contradictions between activism and art.

Emily Waszak is a long-time anti-racist activist and organizer who was heavily involved with the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment among others. She is a founding member of MERJ (Migrants and Ethnic-minorities for Reproductive Justice), a grassroots group committed to creating a platform for radical, affected-led political analysis from migrant and ethnic minority women, trans and non-binary people. Emily works as a textile designer and artist and is a former recipient of the Artist in the Community Research and Development Award.

Evgeny Shtorn is a LGBT activist, organiser, and researcher from Russia. In 2018, he was forced to leave Russia and claim international protection. He currently works as a Cultural Diversity Researcher at Create – National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts  in Dublin. He is a co-facilitator of ‘Something From There’ project in the National Gallery of Ireland. He has given talks at various events in Ireland including Fire Station Artists Studios, Science Gallery, TCD, UCD, UCC, NUI Galway among others.

Friday 21st Feb 2020
1pm – 5pm
Tea, Coffee and snacks will be available.

This event is free but booking is required.
Places are limited to 20 persons.

This event is free, however if you earn a living wage or above, we would ask you to purchase a ticket to help us cover the wages of cultural workers on our programme. Ireland’s Living Wage for 2019 was €12.30 per hour or a yearly salary equivalent of approx €25.2K.

This event will take place in our gallery which is wheelchair accessible.
The gallery is approx 5m walk from the front door.
There is a garden with benches and stool adjacent to the gallery for breaks if needed.
We will have standard canteen seating and benches. If you require more comfortable seating please let us know and we can let you know what additional options we have available.

Our bathrooms are gender neutral
Our bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. They are located  on the first floor via a flight of stairs (approx 22 steps) so may also be inaccessible for people with movement impairments.

Further Information:
About :We Only Want the Earth: Launch Series
About: We Only Want the Earth Programme 2020

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