Beyond the banner: How Does Contemporary Art Engage With Political History?

We ask what artistic context can bring to debates around political history, and to what extent should the artist-as-archaeologist inhabit the role of historian within their practice? When artistic gestures are charged with ‘bringing stories to life’, are we to consider this a type of historical fiction or something more? How do these encounters alter the echoes of history, and do they impact upon received narratives or occupy their own space?

This panel will be chaired by HOME’s artistic director for Visual Arts, Sarah Perks, and will feature the artist Phil Collins alongside Danielle Child, Lecturer in Art History at Manchester School of Art and author of Working Aesthetics: Labour, Art and Capitalism (Bloomsbury, December 2018); Kristin O’Donnell, cultural historian carrying out doctoral research on the politics of performance-based commemorations during the centenary of the First World War and Skinder Hundal, the Director of New Art Exchange, a contemporary and urban art space in the inner city neighbourhood of Hyson Green, Nottingham – his motto to think and deliver the ‘new’ through incredible encounters often missing in the arts and cultural scene.

Join us immediately following for the exhibition preview of Phil Collins: Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong – just follow us down the stairs to the gallery as we throw open the doors!

FREE – booking required