We invite you to join PRACTICE AS RESEARCH, a conversation instigated by presentations from D6: Culture in Transit and Associate Artists - Henna Asikainen, Nicola Singh and Dima Karout. This event gives space to explore the nature of co-production and ethics in relation to independent practices and wider societal issues. Hosted in the BxNU Experimental Studio at BALTIC 39, the conversation will be facilitated by Fiona Crisp, Artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at Northumbria University and available to access via Zoom.
About D6: Culture in Transit
D6: Culture in Transit is a visual arts producer with a rooted local presence and established international reach. Our work is co-produced with artists and focussed on societal issues that concern and connect us. Through artistic exchange and commissions, we draw threads between communities of difference and explore international common ground with partners across continents. Our current programme aims to reclaim the positive, powerful and concealed narratives around migration, diversity and cultural heritage. We support artists whose practice as research represents a wide-ranging and deep exploration of heritage at the intersection of mobility, displacement, environmental sustainability, gender, social justice, race, institutional practice and decolonisation. Collectively, this research plays an integral part in defining how we work.
About the presenters:
Fiona Crisp’s practice resides at the intersection of photography, sculpture and architecture where the limits and capabilities of both photography and video are explored through the making of large-scale installations. She is Professor of Contemporary Art at Northumbria University and sits on the Board of D6.
Henna Asikainen is a socially engaged artist, born in Joensuu Finland and currently living in Newcastle, UK. Her principal interests as an artist are in questions surrounding landscape and climate justice, migration and the human relationships with nature and the complex social, cultural and ecological issues emerging from this relationship. Henna has been working with D6 since 2017 conducting a research residency which led to several commissioned projects including Forage (2017), Delicate Shuttle (2018) and currently, Future Pasts (2020-22). She is part of the newly established D6 Associate Artist cohort.
Nicola makes work that is rooted in performance and moves across disciplines, as she responds to contexts of feelings and chance, encounter and dialogue and to location and place. She prioritises performative, discursive and physical approaches to her practice, research and pedagogy. Nicola completed a research residency at D6 in 2019. She is one of the UK based commissioned artists in D6’s international programme,Contested Desires and a D6 Associate Artist.
Dima is a visual artist and Creative Director currently based in London. She is passionate about contemporary art and its potential in allowing ideas to grow, take shape in the material world, and initiate social change. Her work reflects on human journeys and investigates the evolution of identity beyond borders, belonging and the metaphor of home, migration, displacement and the relation between people and places, with a focus on the power of art in times of conflicts Dima conducted a research residency at D6 in May 2021. She is also a D6 Associate Artist.
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This event is kindly supported by the BxNU Institute, a centre for international artistic and curatorial research and practice instigated by Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Arts Council England, Newcastle Cultural Investment Fund and the DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund.