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False Freedom: Silencing in the Arts on Solidarity with Palestine
Institute of Contemporary Arts
An astronaut plants a Palestinian flag on the moon
Larissa Sansour, A Space Exodus, 2009, film, 5 min. 24 sec. Image: courtesy of the artist


Larissa Sansour
Yara Hawari (online)
Hannah Black
Laleh Khalili
Larne Abse Gogarty
Tai Shani

The panel is convened as a response to Gray Wielebinski’s exhibition The Red Sun is High, the Blue Low, which addresses overarching themes of apocalypse, social and political precarity, and ruling systems of control, specifically towards a reorientation of our individual and collective agency. These themes have taken on a new resonance in light of the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. Many artists – in terms of their work and their personal opinions – are facing criticism following their support for Palestinian people. The panel will discuss the inextricable link between censorship and capitalism within the cultural sector and name the ethics at hand as we face this human rights issue. Joining the panel are artists Hannah Black, Larissa Sansour, Tai Shani, with professor Laleh Khalili and writer and political commentator Yara Hawari, and chaired by art historian Larne Abse Gogarty.
Larissa Sansour is a London-based artist. Sansour was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Bethlehem in Palestine. She works mainly with film, and also produces installations, photos and sculptures. Central to her work is the dialectics between myth and historical narrative. Her work often uses science fiction to address social and political issues, dealing with memory, inherited traumas, power structures and nation states. In 2020, Sansour was the recipient of the Jarman award. Her work is shown in film festivals and museums worldwide amongst which, the Tate Modern, MoMA, Centre Pompidou and the Istanbul Biennial. In 2019, Sansour represented Denmark at the 58thVenice Biennale. Her most recent solo shows in 20203, include Tomorrow’s Ghosts at Kunsten in Denmark and Familiar Phantoms at The Whitworth Gallery in the UK.

Yara Hawari is the Senior Analyst at Al Shabaka – the Palestinian Policy Network. Her work covers all areas of politics in Palestine and within the Israeli regime, as well as issues related to international law and advocacy. Dr. Hawari is a frequent political commentator for mainstream media outlets and publishes in academic journals. Her debut novella The Stone House was published in December 2021 by Hajar Press.

Hannah Black is an artist and writer. She is represented by Arcadia Missa Gallery in London and Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery in Berlin. She is the author of two little books Dark Pool Party (2016) and Tuesday or September or the End (2022).

Laleh Khalili is a professor of Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter and the author or editor of six books including Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: the Politics of National Commemoration (2007) and Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula (2020).

Larne Abse Gogarty is a writer and art historian from London who teaches History and Theory of Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She is the author of What we do is Secret: Contemporary Art and the Antinomies of Conspiracy (Sternberg Press, 2023) and Usable Pasts: Social Practice and State Formation in American Art (Brill, 2022) and has published in journals and magazines including Art Monthly, New Socialist, Tate Papers, Third Text and Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte.

Tai Shani is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in London. Shani’s practice encompasses performance, film, photography and cultural installations, frequently structured around experimental texts. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include: Our Hieromantic Objects of Love, KM21. The Hague, Netherlands (2023); And above the beautiful commune, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, USA (2023); The Neon Hieroglyph, Manchester International Festival (2021); Tragodia, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria (2020); Dark Continent: Psy Chic Anem One, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2019); Turner Prize, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2019).
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Sat, 16 Dec 2023

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