Gallery Talk: The hopes in which we worked, UK artists in Palestine

Archive Events & Talks (9 July 2015, 7.00pm - 9.00pm)
The title of this round table discussion has been taken from Lawrence of Arabia’s (T.E. Lawrence) memoirs, as he reflected on the highs and lows of his work in the Middle East. Documenting others in another culture holds a multitude of ethical and practical complexities, and T.E Lawrence became a representative of Arab voices to the UK with mixed results. Nearly a century later, UK foreign policy has changed the face of the Middle East, and in particular the fate of Palestine.
How then, are British artists approaching the visual representation the ‘other’ in such a disputed space? This round table brings together artists that have each used diverse methods to communicate something of life and people in the region, to present their work and discuss the complexities of working in Palestine.

Judy Price is a London based artist working with moving image, sound, photography and installation. Her practice is research based, often involving extensive field research where she explores sites and locations that are interweaved and striated by a multiple histories, economies and forces. A focus of her practice for many years has been Israel and Palestine exploring how art can create new perceptions of the experiences of individuals and cultures. Price is a senior lecturer in moving image at the University of Brighton. From 2008 -2014 she was a visiting lecturer at the International Academy of Arts, Palestine and has initiated a series of student exchange programs between the two institutions In 2014 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Brighton for her film White Oil (2014) and thesis, ‘White Oil and the Disappearance of the West Bank’ that focuses on the quarries in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

London-based artist Corinne Silva’s practice explores the use of the still and moving image in suggesting metaphysical space. Her quiet, meditative visual language engages with the potentials and restrictions of lens-based media and the evolving relationship between politics, landscape and art histories.

Joy Stacey is a lens-based artist and curator whose work and research explores the visual representation of those lacking political representation. Stacey has developed her work in the West Bank over the past five years, currently focusing on the use of Palestinian dress and heritage as a tool for cultural resistance. Stacey is a PhD candidate at the University of Sussex with an AHRC Studentship.

The discussion will be chaired by Edwin Coomasaru.


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