Video Message Nathaniel Mellors, artist.
Part I: morning program at Parts Project.
On 20 April 2018, Parts Project organised the symposium ‘Framing Artistic Practice’ in collaboration with the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice of the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. The symposium ‘Framing Artistic Practice’ accompanied the exhibition ‘Personal Pop’, taking the case of the Bangladeshi-British artist Shah Jahan Miah (b. 1976 in Bangladesh – d. 2015 UK) as a lens to address topical questions such as:
What relationships can be imagined between personal and artistic freedom on the one hand and social engagement and responsibility on the other? How can an artist navigate between a multiplicity of identities, e.g. gender, psychological, political, spiritual and cultural? What are the pros and cons of explicit (art) historical references in one’s practice? How do artists write themselves into histories of art?
The day started at the exhibition venue with short introductions into various aspects of Shah Jahan’s life and work. The afternoon program at the KABK was structured around Shah Jahan's main sources of inspiration, which in their turn provided the starting point to discuss broader themes. Together with the audience, invited speakers, moderators and panel members reflected on different ways of interpreting and framing artistic practice and production.
Curator: Mariska ter Horst. Speakers: Josep Turro Bassols, Judith de Bruijn, Nathaniel Mellors, Bert Frings, Sara Sejin Chang van der Heide, Shelley Sacks, Mustafa Maluka, Thijs Witty. Moderators: Ludmila Rodrigues, Dominic van den Boogerd, Kitty Zijlmans. Panel: Rob Birza, Arno van Roosmalen, Tatjana Macic.
Video edited by Katarina Juričić.