Who Are We? Tate Exchange
Fri 25 May, 1pm, Tate Modern
Art, migration and the production of democracy
يصنع الشعر والجمال السلام دائماً, وحين تقرأ شيئا جميلا تجد تعايشا, انه يحطم الجدران
Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.
Artists' May Murad (Gaza) and Rachel Ashton (Huntly) digitally collaborated throughout 2017 to plan and execute two 2018 Slow Marathons in the places they come from. The digitally driven exchange project Walking Without Walls partnership explored how we can collaborate artistically and socially despite restrictive political situations. The two artists shared their respective landscapes through image and video, Skype and whatsapp, sketches and text, through their very different geo-political settings. While Rachel negotiated her way with landowners and farmers, May dealt with the complexities of living in an occupied territory. Drawing on the plant journals of WW1 pacifist Rosa Luxemburg - created whilst imprisoned - the artists recorded and shared plants with curing powers in their different climates, while looking for new paths, friendship and ways of healing along the way.
Tate Exchange is a space for everyone to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art. This events takes place in the wider context of Tate Modern and Counterpoints Arts workshop series, Who Are We?, from 22-27 May 2018.
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