Blog piece
13 March 2017

With the opening of an exhibition featuring his work at the Tate Modern this week, we took a few moments to talk with our newly appointed Professor of International Politics, Engin Isin, about the event.

A project that’s been in the making for nearly three years to bring together artists and activists to performatively engage questions of identity and belonging will be running from Tuesday 14 - Sunday 19 March, from 12 noon each day, as part of the Tate Exchange on the 5th Floor of Switch House at Tate Modern, London. 

The Who Are We? project includes Counterpoints Arts, Open University, Loughborough University, and Warwick University with contributions from Goldsmiths University of London, the Stuart Hall Foundation, Universal Design Studio, Graphic Thought Facility and with support from the Swedish Embassy London. It is a collaborative project seeking to provoke questions around identity, belonging, migration and citizenship through the arts and citizenship. Collectively, the project generates stories and data on how values are performed and rights can be enacted in artful ways and across multiple modes. The project asks provocative questions about how we come to identify ourselves, how we are invited to imagine ourselves, and how sometimes we are forced to present ourselves as part of collectives larger than our immediate communities. It does this as a performative act itself by engaging artists, activists, and academics. Throughout the week various installations will invite people to think about questions of identity in critical and reflective ways.  

One of my favourite acts is The New Union Flag by Gil Mualem-Doron who re-imagines the flag as an object that confronts racism and generates dialogue. There are many more creative acts and artist-activists involved in the project. You can see the programme for more details.

I will join a Learning Lab on Saturday 18 March 12:00-14:00 for a session on Doing things with rights: reflections on arts and politics.


Image: The New Union Flag by Gil Mualem-Doron