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    MA Documentary Film & TrAIN Research Centre Study/ Research Day: Visiting Artist and Filmmaker David Chung Chaired by Dr Pratap Rughani

    Open Lecture

    In 1937, Stalin began a campaign of massive ethnic cleansing and forcibly deported everyone of Korean origin living in the coastal provinces of the Far East Russia near the border of North Korea to the unsettled steppe country of Central Asia 3700 miles away. This story of 180,000 Koreans who became political pawns during the Great Terror is the central focus of this film.

    Koryo Saram (the Soviet Korean phrase for Korean person) tells the harrowing saga of survival in the open steppe country and the sweep of Soviet history through the eyes of these deported Koreans, who were designated by Stalin as an “unreliable people” and enemies of the state. Through recently uncovered archival footage and new interviews, the film follows the deportees’ history of integrating into the Soviet system while working under punishing conditions in Kazakhstan, a country which became a concentration camp of exiled people from throughout the Soviet Union.

    Today, in the context of Kazakhstan’s recent emergence as a rapidly modernizing, independent state, the story of the Kazakhstani-Koreans situated within this ethnically diverse country has resonance with the experience of many Americans and how they have assimilated to form new cultures in our world of increasingly displaced people.

    David Chung is a visual artist and filmmaker. His work has been shown at a number of venues including a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. His film Koryo Saram won the Best Documentary Film Award from the National Film Board of Canada.

    11.00 – Welcome & Introduction to Prof. Chung
    11.30 – Screening of “Koryo Saram” – 60 minutes
    13.00 – Break
    14.00 – ‘Homelands of the Imaginary’
    14.45 – Screening of ‘Turtle Boat Head’ and Discussion
    17.00 – End

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    TrAIN Special Event: Ibrahim Mahama In Conversation at Chelsea College of Arts in Collaboration with White Cube


    Prior to the opening of his first UK solo exhibition ‘Fragments’ at White Cube Bermondsey, Ibrahim Mahama joins Professor Paul Goodwin, Director of TrAIN Research Centre, in conversation at Chelsea College of Arts.

    This talk is a collaboration between White Cube and The Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at The University of the Arts London; a cross-disciplinary forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in art and design.

    The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

    The Banqueting Hall
    Henry Moore Courtyard
    Chelsea College of Arts
    SW1P 4JU
    (entrance on Atterbury Street)
    Nearest tube: Pimlico

    Doors open: 6.30pm

    Talk commences: 7pm

    To book tickets, please email talks@whitecube.com or call +44 (0) 207 036 1539

    Tickets are free but limited to a maximum of four per person. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

    Inside the White Cube | Fragments
    Preview: Tuesday 28 February, 6-8pm
    1 March – 13 April 2017

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    TrAIN Open Lecture: Historiographies of the Contemporary: Modes of Translation in and from Conceptual Art - Dr Michael Asbury with Response to Paper by Dr Fabrizio Poltronieri

    Open Lecture

    This lecture launches this year’s activities of the Contemporary Art and Latin America thematic strand at TrAIN. These include the ‘Historiographies of the Contemporary’ reading group for PhD students and the Latin America and Contemporary Art study group, where invited scholars share their research with their peers.

    This lecture draws on historiography and theories of translation departing from the following question:
    If contemporary art is ‘post conceptual art’, as is often asserted, how should we account for current practices that emerged from art
    historical genealogies outside that paradigm?

    The question problematises terminologies such as ‘conceptualisms’ and the broader notion of ‘global art’, in order to identify how such
    terminology arose, how to understand the contradictions they invoke and how art historical narratives may respond to such findings.

    The presentation will be followed by a response by Dr Fabrizo Poltronieri in order to open a debate.

    Dr Michael Asbury is a Reader in the theory and history of art and a founding member of TrAIN, based at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL.

    An international authority on Brazilian modern and contemporary art, his work ranges from scholarly art historical studies, art criticism and

    Dr Fabrizio Poltronieri is a Reader in Creative Technologies at the Institute of Creative Technologies, Media School, De Montfort University, Leicester.

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