History of Art at York Festival of Ideas

Posted on 9 May 2018

It's York Festival of Ideas time again, and in another exciting, packed and varied programme there are some History of Art gems!

‌On Wednesday 6 June at 6.30 PhD students Martha Cattell and Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani will introduce a screening of Liquid Traces: The Left-to-Die Boat Case (2014) directed by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani (Forensic Oceanography), a film offering a reconstruction of events when 72 passengers departed from the Libyan coast on a small rubber boat heading for the island of Lampedusa.  Left to drift for 14 days in NATO’s maritime surveillance area, only nine people survived.

The film was produced within the framework of Forensic Architecture, who have been nominated for this year's Turner Prize, with the support of the House of World Cultures (HKW).

This special Festival screening anticipates the exhibition Refuse/Refuge at York Art Gallery, co-curated by Martha and Kyveli, which will run from 20 July to 16 September 2018.  Book your free ticket.

The screening is supported by the History of Art Department, University of York, the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH), and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

On Thursday 7 June at 6pm learn about the making of the V&A's exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style in the grand surroundings of The Belmont Room at Bettys with the exhibition's co-‌curator, Ghislaine Wood, at an event chaired by James Boaden.  Tickets are £14.95 and include a glass of prosecco and canapés.  For further information and to book your place please visit the Festival of Ideas website.

‌On Monday 11 June at 6.30 explore the Egyptian modernist art movement and representations of the body with History of Art PhD student Amina Diab, as she discusses representations of women and their influences pre- 1952 revolution, under the royal family, and post- 1952 revolution, under military rule. Join Amina as she investigates gender and space in modern day Egypt.  Book your free ticket.

Amina’s talk is part of a series of events organised by the York Islamic Art Circle, a collaboration between the University of York’s Islamic Society and the Department of History of Art.

Don't miss the other events hosted by the Islamic Art Circle, The Qur’an of Uljaytu with Alison Ohta, Director of the Royal Asiatic Society, on 6 June at 6.30pm, and also The Mughal Queen Nur Jahan as a Patron of the Arts, with Mehreen Chida-Razvi, Research Associate at SOAS, University of London on 8 June at 6.30pm.

As always there is a huge number of events at the Festival of Ideas, whose theme this year is 'Imagining the Impossible'.  Do have a look at the full programme, which includes a range of exhibitions, as well as films and performances.  You may like to explore events under the 'Art and Design' banner too!


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