Al Thuluth Al Akheer is the name of a recently established lecture series taking place inside of the National Council for Culture Arts and Letters focusing on critical aesthetic practices.
This months guest speaker: Amal Khalaf, Projects Associate Curator at the Serpentine Gallery
Date of talk: Monday September 30, 2013
Location: Al Madrasa Al Qibliya (Kuwait City, adjacent to Mubarakiya)
About the talk: Amal Khalaf will speak about the Serpentine Gallery's Edgware Road Project, a durational commissioning and residency project, established in 2009 and based at the project's itinerant headquarters the Centre for Possible Studies. The talk will highlight the possibilities and specific opportunities for encounters with diverse communities that the project offers, hosting events, workshops, exhibitions and interventions in spaces as diverse as the Serpentine Gallery to coffee shops, shisha bars, restaurants and schools. The Edgware Road Projects' programmes is informed by the desires of local communities and have lead to unexpected, sometimes confrontational but always enlightening encounters between artists and residents and business owners in the Edgware Road neighbourhood.
Bio: Amal Khalaf is a researcher and curator and currently the Associate Curator of Projects at the Serpentine Gallery working on the Edgware Road Project. With an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, her research addresses themes of urbanism, community, media activism and art through participatory projects, and media initiatives. Previously, she has worked with Al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain, and participated in setting up an art space in an abandoned railway arch in East London, Hold&Freight (2008-2009). Upcoming publications include; co-authouring Moving Image and Everyday Life: Cairo, London and Shanghai with Amsterdam University Press (2013).
The Serpentine Gallery's Edgware Road Project brings together artists, residents, shop-owners and others to investigate, activate and imagine futures for the Edgware Road. International artists collaborate closely with the neighbourhood through a series of residencies, commissions and exhibitions to explore and celebrate the history, cultures and experiences of the many communities centred on the Edgware Road. The project base is the Centre for Possible Studies derived from encounters on, to and from the Edgware Road.