LECTURE SERIES: ASHKAL ALWAN
Since August 2020, we have been hosting an online lecture and talk series featuring artists and activists whose work is exposing the crisis in global capitalism which is putting individuals and societies at risk. Each event will feature a different speaker and will focus on looking at diverse art and activist practices through the lens of art, writing, protest, performance, and technology bringing together artists, scholars, writers, and activists from different geographies, disciplines and contexts to make sense of and tune into the uncharted territory we are living through.
Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts
Wednesday 25 November 10-11am
Online via Zoom
Christine Tohme is the founding director of Ashkal Alwan, a non-profit organisation based in Beirut, Lebanon which has been committed to supporting contemporary artistic practice, production, research and education since 1993. Christine will discuss Ashkal Alwan's online publishing platform, Perpetual Postponement, and the power of unions to organise and uphold the rights of artists and cultural workers within precarious economies. The lecture will take the form of a Q&A session; a transnational conversation around ways in which to counter the structural forms of precarity experienced by artists and creatives around the world.
Christine Tohme is the Founding Director of Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, which she established in 1993. Tohme curated Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj in 2017. She is on the boards of Marsa, a sexual health centre in Beirut that provides specialised medical services for at-risk youth and marginalised communities, and Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry. She has received the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture (2018); CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence (2015) and a Prince Claus Award (2006), given in recognition of her achievements in supporting local art production and criticism. Tohme was born in Beirut, where she continues to live and work. She received her BA in English literature from the American University of Beirut (1984) and her MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London (2007).
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