Guardian Talk

Imagine Art After
December 11th, 2005

After 6 weeks of an online discussion, London-Belgrade, on art and everyday life, artists, Siniša Savić, and Tatjana Strugar will meet at the O3one gallery, as part of the art project Imagine.art.after hosted by Guardian, curated by Breda Beban, produced by Index arts.  imagine art after

• Curated by Breda Beban
• Produced by Index Arts

Expanding on the notion that we are all works in progress, imagine art after is a project uniting artists who originate from the same country but who are now geographically and politically separated.

The project brings together seven artists who left home and now live in London, and seven who remained in the country of their birth: the artist who left, and the artist who stayed. The project aims to open lines of communication where they would otherwise not exist, enabling artists to exchange ideas and work, and also to discuss their experiences in an online forum.

The artists taking part come from countries whose people, according to the Home Office, make an unusually high number of applications for asylum in the UK, among them Afghanistan, Iraq, and Nigeria.

As well as their work being exhibited online, each artist will take part in a dialogue with their partner-hosted on the Guardian talkboards – to exchange text, images, and ideas. The dialogues will begin on October 31st and continue for six weeks until December 11th.

By communicating about their experience in two very different societies, it’s hoped that the artists’ conversations with each other will lend insight into how life and art interrelate, and how identity is shaped by notions of belonging.

Ideas and projects instigated will be commissioned and produced during 2006. This will be followed by an exhibition in London in 2007.

Curator: Breda Beban
Producer: Julia Farrington, Index Arts
Assistant curators: Nina Pearlman, Margareta Kern
Interns: Eline van der Vlist, Katrina Hallowell, Stella Patrikova

• Let us know your feedback. You can email the curators at imagine.art.after@gmail.com