Becoming the Other is a contemporary art exhibition with works by students from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Using Hal Fosters 1996 essay ‘The Artist as Ethnographer’ as a starting point and engaging with Iniva as a research resource, students examined a turn to ethnography/anthropology within artistic practice. Working around issues of participation, representation and interpretation, the works are a result of pseudo-ethnographic research workshops around the artists themselves as the subject.
Tackling themes of nationalism, social media, personal identity and belonging, the exhibition functions as a fluid space where social representational norms are stripped away for the sake of open conversations. Though the work takes on different forms – sculpture, film, participation – they are united by a search of how to occupy the (un)familiar territory of the Other.
This exhibition is part of Iniva’s partnership work with univerisities and professional development programme for students.
The exhibition will be open from 8 – 17 May 2014.