P107
Conflict and Activism
Convenor:
Garry Barker (Leeds Arts University)
Format:
Panels
Location:
SOAS Senate House - S113
Start time:
3 June, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The activist nature of drawing supports an argument that is political, whether embedded within sites of conflict or used to speculate and free imaginations. Drawing can question the authority of dominant discourses and direct it's audiences to think about ways to construct both thinking and seeing.

Long abstract:

Drawing is presented as both sites of resistance and as a process for reflection on the possibilities of generating change and how reflection itself can be problematic and itself reveal awkward power relationships. An exploration of drawing practices in relation to inner city realities that cover a wide geographic area, including Washington DC, Indian mega cities, northern English towns, Berlin and South American sites of resistance. The embedded nature of various material drawing practices and how these are communicated, documented and archived is then reflected upon as to various political, social and other contextual concerns and questions are asked as to the viability of drawing practices within a contemporary context.