Visual Activism Symposium
Friday, March 14, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Join us for a symposium exploring the relationship between visual culture and activist practices.
Art can take the form of political and social activism, and activism often takes on specific, and sometimes surprising, visual forms. How is our broader visual culture shaped by activist practices that circulate in public space? How can we better understand forms of communication that take place under threat of war, revolution, or repression? What strategies can be deployed to transform our engagement with the built environment and broader ecologies? How do embedded social hegemonies, such as racism, figure in the larger efforts to engage visually with activism?
Scholars, artists, and activists address these and related questions in a series of presentations, performances, workshops, and interactive projects.
Visual Activism is followed on Sunday, March 16, by Bearing Witness, a one-day symposium that explores the political and social significance of the rapid and fundamental changes in the field of contemporary photography. Both are presented in conjunction with the exhibition Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa (on view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from February 21 to June 29, 2014).
Free with pre-registration.
Please note: registration for each day of the symposium takes place in the lobby of the Brava Theater from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Your RSVP confirms your seat until 9:30 a.m. on each day of the symposium. After 9:30 a.m., the event will be open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis.
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