Wednesday 27 January 2021, 6pm–8pm
Free - please book online
The discussion will consider the potential of what a publication can be, what writing can do, and the notion of publishing as a political act
Future Collect artist Jade Montserrat invites fellow creative practitioners Hamja Ahsan, Emma Dabiri and No Matter Poetry to join her in a conversation centred on the idea of publishing radical constitutions. Exploring the slippage between performativity and documentation, performance and document, the discussion will consider the potential of what a publication can be, what writing can do, and the notion of publishing as a political act.
Montserrat is in the process of creating new work for her Future Collect commission at the Gallery, encompassing performance, works on paper and a publication, as she explores questions of care in relation to both objects and people in the context of the gallery’s collection and collecting practices. As part of her research, she has initiated a series of public events in collaboration with creative practitioners working across a variety of media. Act 3 will inform the making of her publication, which as well as documenting aspects of her process will make reference to political pamphlets and acknowledge the lineage of public lectures and debates that Manchester Art Gallery has fostered as the original ‘useful museum’.
Hamja Ahsan is an artist, curator and activist currently based in The Netherlands. He has presented projects at Tate Britain, Gwangju Biennale, Shanaakht Festival (Pakistan) and Shiplakala Academy (Bangladesh), and is the Free Talha Ahsan campaign organiser. Ahsan makes the case for a world more inclusive of neurodiversity in his book Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert, published in 2017 by Book Works and now in its third edition. In 2019, he adapted the book into Crack Up – Crack Down, an exhibition project for the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts where it received the Grand Prize.
Emma Dabiri is an author, academic and broadcaster. She is a teaching fellow at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. Her writing has been published in a number of anthologies, academic journals and the national press, and she has presented Back in Time Brixton (BBC2) and Britain’s Lost Masterpieces (BBC4), as well as hosting Radio 4’s critically-acclaimed documentary Journeys into Afro-futurism. Dabiri’s debut book, Don’t Touch My Hair, was published by Penguin in 2019, and her forthcoming book What White People Can Do Next, is due to be published in March 2021.
No Matter is a poetry collective based in Manchester. They run a bi-monthly feminist poetry and performance reading series for poetic and performative experiments, and publish work through No Matter Press. In 2019 they were awarded Arts Council England funding for New Matter, a series of events with specially commissioned performances from poets and artists.
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