Rethinking our participation: Romeo Gongora in conversation with Juliette Desorgues

Wednesday 27 July, 6.30-8pm

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Romeo Gongora and ICA curator Juliette Desorgues will discuss the obstacles and challenges faced when creating contemporary art projects within the public realm. They will explore the role of contemporary art in reconfiguring public space, and its capacity to create a meaningful dialogue and interaction with the everyday, from the gallery space to the public realm, and back.

This event is made possible by Acme International Residencies, where Romeo Gongora is undertaking a residency supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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. 

This event is made possible by Acme International Residencies, where Romeo Gongora is undertaking a residency supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Just Watch Me was a collaborative event presented and produced at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. www.clubjwm.com 

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. 

www.communcommune.org

Romeo Gongora is a Canadian artist with Guatemalan heritage. His exhibitions have taken place at venues including the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Canada), Kin Art Studio (Kinshasa, Congo), HISK (Belgium), CCA – Lagos (Nigeria) and Gallery 44 (Canada).  

www.romeogongora.com 

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. 

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

www.acme.org.uk/international