14-06-16

PhDArts Symposium: Arts in the Eyes of National Identities

23 June 2016, 10.30-18.30: Small Auditorium, Academiegebouw Rapenburg 73, Leiden
24 June 2016, 11.30-18.30: Spectrumzaal, Studentencentrum Plexus, Kaiserstraat 25, Leiden

Arts in the Eyes of National Identities is a two day symposium that inquires into the relationship between nations and artistic practices, their connections and boundaries. The gap between, on the one hand, certain conceptual assertions and claims of contemporary art practice, and on the other, practical boundaries and limits will be debated through posing the following questions:

‘How can art and artists today actually cross borders and be part of public space? What are the limits and what are the different ways to deal with these restrictions? How do the different roles of embodied national identities influence artistic practices in the city’s public sites?’

The symposium is organized by PhDArts researcher Thalia Hoffman and performing artist and activist Eliesh. Two case studies related to their respective practices will be part of the programme, namely the figure of the refugee artist in Europe and Guava, a platform created by Thalia Hoffman.