All in the Same Boat: Migratory Passages in Contemporary Sculpture

  • Online event
  • 9–16 June 2021
  • Lecture by Heather Diack, premiered on YouTube, Wednesday 9 June 2021, 6pm. Live discussion on Zoom, Wednesday 16 June, 6pm. Part of our Portable Sculpture events series.

Dr Heather Diack discusses a growing body of international art focused on boats, as unstable vessels and perilous objects. These works flow into a ‘migratory turn’ in contemporary art, joining a flood of artworks that evoke mass human migration as both subject matter and approach.

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This lecture was premiered on YouTube on Wednesday 9 June 2021. Subtitled by Stagetext.

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Live discussion

A live discussion with Dr Heather Diack, with questions submitted by the audience, took place online on Zoom on Wednesday 16 June at 6pm. The event was recorded and will be available to watch here soon.

About the speaker

Heather Diack is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Miami. She writes on modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on photography, visual culture, conceptual practices, and social conflict. Diack is the author of Documents of Doubt: Regarding the Photographic Conditions of Conceptual Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and co-author of Global Photography: A Critical History (Routledge, 2020). She is currently pursuing research into the intersection of politics, displacement, and contemporary art.

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