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Rethinking our participation: Romeo Gongora in conversation with Juliette Desorgues


Wednesday 27 July, 6.30-8pm
Open School East
43 De Beauvoir Rd, London N1 5SQ

Acme International Residencies Programme and Open School East would like to invite you to join a discussion with our current Canada Council for the Arts artist Romeo Gongora and ICA curator Juliette Desorgues.

Romeo Gongora’s practice explores facets of community experience and blurring lines between life and art. During this event Romeo Gongora and Juliette Desorgues will discuss with the audience the obstacles and challenges faced when creating critical contemporary art projects within the public realm. The conversation will be centred on two projects inspired by artistic initiatives in Quebec in the 1960-70s: Just Watch Me, a gallery converted into a social club, and Commun Commune, a month-long experiment bringing strangers together to experience life in a commune. Both pieces were created as a series of projects that trace the legacy of modernity in Quebec society.

Questions that will be discussed are: How can contemporary art play a role in reconfiguring public space? How does it create a meaningful dialogue and interaction between the art world (in the gallery or in the public space) and the everyday? And how do these two worlds influence one another?

This is an public event and we would like to extend a special invitation to you to attend. There will be the opportunity to have a drink with Romeo, Juliette and fellow attendees afterwards. In order to plan for numbers please RVSP to by Wednesday 6 July if you are planning to attend.

Just Watch Me is a collaborative event based project presented and produced at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Commun Commune was a collaborative project with Angéline Desaulniers, Andréanne Martin, My Ta Trung, Camila Vasquez and Cécilia, and made in co-production with 3e Impérial contemporary art center.,   

Romeo Gongora is a Canadian artist with Guatemalan heritage. In 2005 he completed an MA in visual and media art at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. Following completion of his MA, Romeo’s artwork has been internationally shown, exhibitions include Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Canada), Kin Art Studio (Kinshasa, Congo), HISK (Belgium), CCA - Lagos (Nigeria) and Gallery 44 (Canada). He has also undertaken international residencies including Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Holland) in 2007 and in 2009, Romeo represented Canada as an artist in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany).

Juliette Desorgues is Associate Curator at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), in London. She recently co-curated the Art into Society – Society into Art Reading Room display which was exhibited at the ICA from January to March 2016. Prior to the ICA she worked at Barbican Art Gallery, London.

Open School East is a space for collaborative learning that brings together a free, non-accredited study programme for artists, and a programme of events, activities and projects devised by and open to all.

Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP) enables international governments, cultural agencies and foundations to offer artists major work/live residencies in London.


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