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Public presentation

Dr. Clare Carolin,
Senior Lecturer in Art and Public Engagement, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London

2nd of November 2023, 6 p.m. Iasi
Address: GreenHouse, Str. Sf. Atanasie nr. 25, Iași

tranzitiasi is welcoming you on Thursday, the 2nd of November to join us for a public talk where – using the findings of Clare Carolin`s doctoral research - we may start to understand retrospectively the way in which art can operate in very specific conflict zones or, more generally in times of war.

”On 30 January 1972 British Army paratroopers killed 13 unarmed civil rights demonstrators on a peaceful march through the city of Derry/Londonderry in the North of Ireland. Pictures of the murders made by photojournalists and TV camera crews were immediately published and broadcast around the world. These images, which quickly became iconic, appeared to confirm the unjustified and unjustifiable brutality of the murders, the innocence of the victims and the solidarity of the Derry community. Concurrently with the events in Derry the Imperial War Museum in London, an institution founded during the First World War to commemorate British and Commonwealth losses, established a programme to commission artists to ‘record’ the escalating conflict in the North of Ireland. This talk tells the story of the British State’s attempts to use art and artists to control the narrative of the contentious conflict known as ‘The Troubles’ which lasted from 1968 until 1998. Using this example, I will look at how art, artists and arts originations can intervene in militarized conflict and geopolitical process.” (Clare Carolin, 2023)

Dr Clare Carolin, Senior Lecturer in Art and Public Engagement, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London. Clare is a curator and contemporary art historian with an interest in the intersection of state violence, contemporary art, and visual activism. Her recent research examines this area in the context of post WW2 British coloniality with a focus on the North of Ireland and the Falklands/Malvinas. These themes are explored in her forthcoming monograph The Deployment of Art: The Imperial War Museum’s Artistic Records Committee (Routledge 2024). Clare was formerly co-director of the Department of Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art (2007-2014) and Hayward Gallery Exhibitions Curator (1999-2006). She has held curatorial positions at Modern Art Oxford, the South London Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila.

This event is co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. This project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how project results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

The main partner of is ERSTE Foundation.

*Image: Ralph Lillford, '221 Columbus Place;1
973 National Army Museum (c) the artist. Used with permission.