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Introducing Scat: Sound and Collaboration

Artist Sonia Boyce introduces the exhibition Scat: Sound and Collaboration which runs until 27 July 2013 at Iniva.

Scat presents two immersive video works for the first time with The Devotional Collection, Boyce’s archive and collective memorialisation of black British women in the music industry. As a result, the exhibition places a spotlight on her interest in the archive as arts practice. ‘Just the very act of putting something in an archive suggests its future use is beyond the control of the past. But we don’t have to settle for the past as it is presented. The past is not fixed’.

Visit to find out more.

Peter Clarke talks about the Ghetto Fence series

This is the fourth in a series of films of Peter Clarke talking about his work at the Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats exhibition. Here he talks about the works he collectively calls the ‘Ghetto Fence Series’.

Winter sun, Amsterdam

This is the third in a series of films of Peter Clarke talking about his work at the Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats exhibition. Here he talks about Winter sun, Amsterdam.

Installation photos: Roee Rosen exhibition

Today we are putting the finishing touches to Roee Rosen’s first UK solo show…
Vile, Evil Veil opens this week and we are really excited about how the gallery space at Rivington Place has transformed to accomodate the installation ‘Live and Die as Eva Braun’ with several interior walls constructed especially to display the text and image based work – including 51 paintings!

We are also pleased to have a new work created by the artist for the window of Rivington Place. It will cover all 5 panels on the street facing windows with images in very bright colours – pink and orange!

Here’s a few snaps of the installation:

And here is a few shots of the window installation going up:

Stuart Hall special birthday bibliography

Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library have compiled a special bibliography for the occasion of Stuart Hall’s 80th birthday last week.



This bibliography is based on a collection of materials available in the library, by/about cultural theorist and sociologist, Stuart Hall. Though not a comprehensive list, it provides the reader with a wide range of Hall’s ideas and concerns, such as hegemony, Marxism and cultural studies, and notions of identity, cultural identity and race. Read the bibliography here.


More about Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall was born in February 1932 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a cultural theorist and sociologist who has lived and worked in the UK since 1951. He was one of the founding figures of the school of thought that is now known as British Cultural Studies.

He was President of the British Sociological Association 1995-1997 and joined the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University in 1964. While at the Centre, Hall is credited with playing a role in expanding the scope of cultural studies to deal with race and gender, and with helping to incorporate new ideas derived from the work of French theorists. He left the centre in 1979 to become a professor of sociology at the Open University until 1997 and is now a Professor Emeritus.


Stuart Hall and Iniva/ Autograph ABP

Until 2008 Stuart Hall was chair of Iniva (The Institute of International Visual Arts) and Autograph ABP (The Association of Black Photographers) and on the team of the Lottery project to build Rivington Place a culturally-diverse visual arts centre in London.

Read an article on Stuart Hall from the Observer.

Artist of the week: Coco Fusco

Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco  is one of today´s best-known performance-artists and is often concerned with gender-specific conflicts, migration, cultural colonisation.  Fusco has performed and curated throughout America and internationally, and currently is the Chair of the Fine Art Department at Parsons The New School for Design. Her recent work combines electronic media and performance and much of her work she draws on her Cuban heritage, using language performance and multimedia to explore issues of difference and cutural politics.

A recent example of a performance/ monologue by Fusco is A Room of One’s Own, which explores the expanding role of American women in the ‘War on Terror’. She raises questions about feminism in the 21st century and the ways that political conservatives have appropriated the language of women’s liberation, while also drawing attention to how detention and prisoner abuse led to a reconsideration of the possible legitimacy of torture under the Bush administation.

Fusco published The Bodies that Were Not Ours with Iniva in 2001. This (now sold out) publication gathers together Coco Fusco’s finest writings since 1995, as well as essays, interviews, performance scripts and fotonovelas which take readers on a tour of a ’multicultural landscape’, accompanied by critical introductory essays by Jean Fisher and Caroline Vercoe. There is an audio recording of the artist in conversation with John Akomfrah in Iniva’s digital archive, where the artist discusses the publication and the direction and future of debates around post-colonial cultural discourse.

Coco Fusco will participate in Iniva’s current lecture series, the Keyword Lectures, discussing the term ‘resistance’ with academic Sara Ahmed on May 12 – find out more about this event here.