"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
“Uneven Geographies”, the latest show at Nottingham Contemporary, opens on May 8th. The exhibition draws critical attention to the different ways in which contemporary art has come to register and critique the processes of contemporary globalisation. Artists featured in the show include Yto Barrada, Ursula Biemann, Bureau d’Études, Goldin + Senneby, Steve McQueen, Cildo Meireles, and Öyvind Fahlström.
I would also like to flag up the exhibition’s opening conference, “The Geopolitical Turn” which runs all day on May 8th. Here are the details from the Nottingham Contemporary website:
What are the reference points for contemporary art in a global economy that creates enormous wealth as well as widening inequality. Our opening conference explores the many strategies artists use to reveal the processes and human consequences of the globalised market economy. Introduced by the exhibition’s co-curator T.J. Demos – writer, curator and lecturer at University College, London – the conference includes artists George Osodi, Ursula Biemann, Dario Azzellini, Oliver Ressler and Bureau d’Études.
Other speakers include Alfredo Cramerotti, author of Aesthetic Journalism and co-curator of the next Manifesta exhibition; Angus Cameron, the official “emissary” of artists Goldin+Senneby and a lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leicester; Janna Graham, artist and curator; The University of Nottingham’s Alex Vasudevan and Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism; Is There No Alterative? Together they will examine the challenges of representing globalisation, and what’s at stake when artists engage with geopolitical issues.
The conference is free and runs from 10-6 in the Space at Nottingham Contemporary. Booking details can be found here (scroll to bottom of page). Details of other events over the next two months will be posted on this blog. For a full calender, see here.