Curating (in) the City: Christine Eyene 2015, 18 May 2016

Pavilion and the School of Fine Art History of Art and Cultural Studies welcome Christine Eyene as part of an ongoing series of activities, exploring what it means to curate, commission and produce contemporary art in urban cultural centres. Christine Eyene will introduce her latest exhibitions and discuss how her research and curatorial practice challenges instances of under-representation within mainstream arts and cultures. She will also address questions of criticality in relation to identity politics, the recent shifts within contexts of marginalisation, and how these are informing discursive changes in her upcoming projects.

18 May, 6-8pm
Henry Moore Room, Leeds Art Gallery

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Christine Eyene is an art historian, critic and curator. She is a Guild Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire where she collaborates to Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual arts research project based at UCLan’s Centre for Contemporary Art, led by Professor Lubaina Himid. She is also a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London, with Professor Annie E. Coombes, and is writing her dissertation on the work of South African photographer George Hallett. Her areas of research and curatorial practice range from contemporary African and Diaspora arts, Black British arts, gendered art discourses, to non-object-based art practices notably sound art. Other interests include: socially engaged urban cultures, music and design.
Since September 2015, she has joined the acquisition committee ofFRAC, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Réunion led by Béatrice Binoche. In this role she will contribute to broaden FRAC Réunion’s collection with new acquisitions and commissions, and develop exhibitions and artistic activities involving Reunion, Metropolitan French and international artists, with a focus on Indian Ocean. Her current project Murder Machine is currently on show at Ormston House in partnership with EVA International and Making Histories Visible as part the Federation of arts organisations and institutions responding to the curatorial concept of Ireland’s Biennial 2016: Still (the) Barbarians curated by Koyo Kouoh.

The event is made possible with the generous support of the Cultural & Creative Industries Exchange, University of Leeds and Leeds Art Gallery.

Please note the change of programme for this event. Due to unforeseen circumstances Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is unable to join us, as previously advertised. We are very grateful to Christine Eyene who will present on her vital work within the contemporary art landscape.