Talks and events

In Conflict: Reflections on the Constant War in Iraq

Short talk at the opening of this exhibition of work by Satta Hashem.

New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 12th January 2013

Art, War & Peace: Responses to Iraq

How have artists and art institutions in the UK and beyond responded to the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq? How might we think about the entanglement of art, war and peace in light of these responses? An informal discussion led by Dr Alan Ingram (UCL) and Yousif Naser (Ark). The discussion is intended to inform public engagement events taking place in March 2013 in the period surrounding the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

A short report providing an overview of the responses of artists and art institutions in the UK to the war is available in English and Arabic (here).

Ark Space, Top Flat, Acton Town Hall, High Street, London W3 6NE

Saturday 9th February 2013, 14:00-16:00.

Attendance is free but RSVP

Ten Years After: Reflections on the Invasion of Iraq

Gallery talk for this exhibition, a collaboration between Hana Malallah, kennardphillipps and Mo Throp that explores the consequences of the decision by Western politicians to invade Iraq.

Chelsea College of Art and Design, 14th February 2013

Art, War and Peace: Responses to the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

How have artists and art institutions in the UK and beyond responded to the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq? How we might think about the entanglement of art, war and peace in light of these responses?

This one-day event will bring together artists and writers with ties to Iraq to reflect on these issues a decade on from the invasion. Reflecting a range of perspectives and practices, talks and discussions will explore the different ways in which the war has been experienced and the diverse forms of creativity through which artists have responded.

This event coincides with the exhibition Geographies of War | Iraq Revisited at UCL and forms part of Reel Iraq 2013.

At The Mosaic Rooms, London, Friday 22nd March 2013

The Impact of the Iraq War on the Global Imagination

I’m speaking on this panel at Reel Iraq 2013, which will address the question of how the dynamics of the Iraq war, its violence, its images and its news reports changed what is possible to think and do in global politics and art. A particular focus will be the comparison of perspectives from artists and academics who experienced the war inside Iraq, and abroad.

SOAS, London, Saturday 23rd March 2013

The Invasion of Iraq: a panel discussion on artistic and political responses

I’m talking on this Reel Iraq 2013 panel as well… Commemorating the key political developments that marked the run-up to the invasion in March 2003, a group of engaged artists, activists and academics will discuss the artistic and political responses to the war, together with the audience.

Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sunday 24thth March 2013

Beyond the Geographies of War: Exploring Art and Peace

Questions of geography – of space, place, home, environment, landscape and territory – are a recurring theme in the responses of artists to war. But how do they figure in the relationship between art and peace? How can we understand the role that spatial practices and spatial themes play in creating peace as well as in articulating resistance to war and violence?

This workshop will explore these questions with reference to the Iraq war but also branch out to consider the relationship between geography, art and peace more broadly. With talks by artists Rashad Selim and Emily Johns and academic Bernadette Buckley (Goldsmiths, University of London), and touching on issues of oil, water and ecology as well as politics and war, the workshop provides an opportunity to reflect on how art, activism and critical spatial practices can inform one another.

UCL Department of Geography, Wednesday 27th March 2013, 11am-4pm.

Attendance is free. RSVP to Dr Alan Ingram, UCL Department of Geography, outlining your interest in the event. All are welcome, but if places are short priority will be given to nonacademic participants.

Interventions: Art and the Iraq War in the UK

Exploring the complex entanglement of artistic and geopolitical interventions, this paper considers how relations between violence and space have been mediated in the responses of artists and art institutions in the UK to the most recent Iraq war. Drawing on interviews with artists and curators as well as analysis of art works and exhibitions, it begins to map the positionalities, projects and practices through which the war has been materialised in art and to assess their implications in terms of geographies of violence. Tracking between works made by Iraqi artists living in the UK, artists opposed to the war, leading figures in British contemporary art and artists embedded with British armed forces, the paper presents a wider range of responses to the war than has been recognised to date and thereby seeks to broaden and deepen discussion of how an engagement with art practice may inform critical geographical scholarship on militarism, violence and peace.

Paper presentation, sessions on Violence and Space at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, 9th-13th April 2013.