WORKSHOP 2018 LECCE
with Zach Blas, Rana Hamadeh, Robert Leckie
Lecce, September 25-27, 2018
Sensitive Research, the second workshop organized by the Quadriennale di Roma within the framework of the Q-Rated project, is conceived in relation to the city of Lecce and the broader Salento region.
The workshop aimes to reflect on the extent to which contemporary artistic production and curatorial practice have become privileged spaces for displaying the results of complex research projects. As underlined by the ambiguity of its title, the Sensitive Research workshop investigates the theme from two interdependent perspectives: which tools can be used to approach issues of particular urgency and what role the five senses play in the development of a research ultimately presented in the form of art works and exhibitions. These two core questions revolve around the contribution that the visual arts can bring to other fields, and the impact they can have in formalizing a given investigation in the shape of both art work and exhibition.
Prompted by the professional experiences of the three tutors, the workshop foregrounds a critical approach to new digital technologies and their usefulness in responding to the tensions of the contemporary world.
In this sense, the Lecce and Salento region – a unique palimpsest that bears witness to a centuries-long commingling of cultures and traditions – constitutes the ideal geographic backdrop for the theme of Sensitive Research: within it live and reverberate the cultural, social and political relationships that have long shaped and unsettled the contemporary Mediterranean and its relations with the rest of the world.
Zach Blas lives and works in London. He is an artist, director, writer and lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has exhibited, taught and held film screenings at numerous international institutions including the 68th Berlinale; Art in General, New York; Gasworks, London; e-flux, New York. In 2016 he was the winner of the Creative Capital Award in Emerging Fields.
Rana Hamadeh lives and works in Rotterdam. She is an artist and performer of Lebanese origins. She has exhibited widely, at spaces including the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Sursock Museum, Beirut; Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen, Belgium; The Showroom, London; the 6th Moscow Biennial; the 8th Liverpool Biennial; the 12th Lyonne Biennial. In 2017, she won the Rome Prize in Visual Arts, which entails a period of residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2018.
Robert Leckie lives and works in London. He is the Head of Programmes at Gasworks, London, where he curates exhibitions and coordinates artists’ residencies and the public program. Leckie organized the first solo exhibitions in the UK of artists Adelita Husni-Bey, Monira Al Qadiri, Zach Blas and Candice Lin, among others. The group exhibitions he has curated include Late Barbarians, Dependency and, more recently, A Kingdom of Hours. His writing has appeared in the magazines Afterall and Benedictions. Recently he was named Director of Spike Island, Bristol.
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