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Stuart Hall Library Research Network: Duties of Self-Care

Research Network Reading Group: Cultural Trauma and Art Timothy P. Brown and Saint Lovie

31 Jan 2019

Join us for a reading and discussion about the cultural space of trauma and art, led by artist Seecum Cheung

  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Address

    Chelsea College of Arts,
    Billiards Room, 45 Millbank, SW1P 4RQ

  • Time


  • Free, booking required

Trauma has no boundaries. It can manifest itself though sexual, gender, religious or racial oppression, socio-economic status, physical ability and the stigma of mental health. Traumatic experiences can result in isolation, behavioural health concerns and in communities keep cultural identity in a ‘perpetual state of crisis’.

Cultural institutions collect, preserve and interpret cultural histories. However, there have been historical problems in representing cultural artefacts or culture as living process rather than a remnant to be looked at through glass.

Join our Research Network Reading Group led by artist Seecum Cheung as we look at the relationship between cultural trauma and art by reading extracts of museum educator Timothy P. Brown’s essay ‘Trauma, Museums and the Future of Pedagogy’ (2004), to answer the following question:

what is the pedagogical value of museums and their relationship to communities of trauma?

This will be discussed in conjunction with exploring the themes of mental health and womanhood in the contemporary black British experience through reading the photoessay and textual zine ‘Yam and Other Hard Food’ (2018), produced through narratives and text by Saint Lovie aka Georgina Johnson in collaboration with photographer Adama Jalloh.

This group is open to all; it is a supportive and peer-led space for thinking and learning together. It is a space for constructive disagreements and critical engagement that is always based on mutual respect, interest and care.

All readings are read together in the group, you don’t need to read them in advance. Please contact the library if you have any questions or wish to pick up a copy of the text in advance: library@iniva.org

About the artist

Seecum Cheung is an artist who works primarily with moving image and her recent work includes an ongoing series of films based upon interviews and encounters with leading specialists in the field of right-wing radicalism, human rights organisations, and activist refugee groups.

Her films include coverage of the 2017 Dutch elections (The Dutch Window, 2017) with writer, musician, broadcaster and curator Morgan Quaintance, and extensive interviews on the rise of the far-right in Germany with political journalist Richard Cooke with SBS Public Broadcasters (Interview with Lennart, 2016). She is currently directing a series of films as commissioned by NHS England, in collaboration with human rights equality charity brap, to address the inequalities that BME patients face in cancer care-services.

Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at Syndkt Gallery, Brussels, and Grand Union, Birmingham (both 2017) and groups shows in Sixty Eight Art Institute, Copenhagen (2018) Bendigo Art Gallery, Perth (2018) with events at The Showroom, London (2018) Impakt Film Festival, Utrecht (2018). She is the recipient of the first Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Open Call Award 2015/16, and O&O CBK Rotterdam 2017 research grant.

Please note the event will take place at Chelsea College of Arts, Billiards Room, 45 Millbank, SW1P 4RQ.

If you have any access requirements, do get in touch at info@iniva.org or call 020 7630 1278 for more information.

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Billiards Room location.

Image credit: Yam and Other Hard Food by Saint Lovie in collaboration with photographer Adama Jalloh, 2018