Togetherness in Difference: Reimagining identities, communities and histories through art

This project examines how contemporary art contributes to the frictional negotiations of identities, communities and histories currently evolving with the increasing multiethnicity and cultural diversity of Europe. Its two sub-projects focus on artistic and curatorial practices, respectively.

Runo Lagomarsino, Every day people follow signs pointing to some place which is not their home, 2018. Commissioned by KØS Museum of art in public spaces. © Runo Lagomarsino. Photo: Mads Holm

In times of fierce struggles over immigration and integration in Europe, when profound geopolitical shifts are restructuring the international power balances and transcultural relations of the world, this project explores how contemporary art can renegotiate identities and histories, and create new narratives of what national self-understanding, collective memory and social communities can be and embrace.

The idea of postmigration is central to the project. This concept holds that Europe has been irreversibly shaped by immigration since the mid-twentieth century, i.e. the concept relates to the ‘after’ (post-) effects of migration on society, not population movements as such. In recent years, this concept has paved the way for a new understanding of migration and diversity as integrated aspects of any society.

Specifically, this project focuses how artistic and curatorial practices can address the societal conflicts created by the need to learn how to live together in postmigrant conditions of socio-cultural diversity. It examines how they can facilitate democratically engaging forms of participation, and how they can enable dissension and differences to be negotiated within the sphere of art and beyond. Importantly, the project also considers how artistic and curatorial practices may contribute to greater inclusion and recognition of immigrants and their descendants as equal participants in democratic societies, e.g. by inventing new forms of visual representation and providing platforms from which to speak and for democratic forms of engagement. The project explores these issues through case studies primarily from Denmark, Germany and the UK.

Researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Nielsen, Sabine Dahl Postdoc   E-mail
Petersen, Anne Ring Professor +45 353-28202 E-mail

Funding

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The project has received funding from the Novo Nordisk Foundation's Committee for Research in Art and Art History.

Project period: 1 September 2019 - 31 August 2023

PI: Anne Ring Petersen

Thinking about Radicality

23-04-2020

CANCELLED! The event is postponed until further notice. We hope to be able to carry-out the planned event this fall.

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