1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020
Royaume-Uni
Arriving and arriving and arriving

In these delicate times when it is necessary to be attentive to ourselves and to others, we would like to invite several artists to propose an artistic action/reflection starting from our common situation of confinement and its consequences on the notion of public space.

Arriving and arrivind and arriving

Since 2012, Rajni has decided to put her artistic work on hold in order to focus on further research. In spite of this, we wanted to submit to her our questioning on the confined public space. Rajni responded enthusiastically and has written this text about her travel, feelings and observations during the pandemic.

Another action might follow after a break...? To be continued.

Rajni's blog: https://autumnbling.blogspot.com/2020/05/arriving-and-arriving-and-arriv...

Rajni Shah

Rajni Shah is an artist whose practice is focused on listening and gathering as creative and political acts.

Key projects - always created alongside and in collaboration with others - include hold each as we fall (1999), Mr Quiver (2005-8), small gifts (2006-8), Dinner with America (2007-9), Glorious (2010-12), Experiments in Listening (2014-15), Lying Fallow (2014-15), I don’t know how (to decolonise myself) (2018), Feminist Killjoys Reading Group (2016-2020), Listening Tables (2018-21), and Ropewalk (2019).


Archive of previous work: www.rajnishah.com

Confined Public Space

CIFAS has been interested by artists working in public space for 10 years, thus investing the city as an open space for reflection and action, organising workshops, debates and artistic interventions.

In this public space, the role of the artist is complex and varied: disrupting our aesthetic habits, developing tools for social cohesion, contributing to urban renewal projects, etc... The artistic strategies to be deployed in the public space meet necessities and constraints that are very different from the spaces usually reserved for art (theatre or exhibition spaces).

Today, however, with the COVID-19 crisis, public space is suffering: it is no longer possible to move around, cross each other, or get together. A social shock that we all experience, confined to our private spheres. So how do we make art at a time when everyone fears for their health and that of their loved ones and wonders when and how it will be possible to return to urban life? Is there an art of confinement? What artistic strategies should be deployed in order to create in this context? What has become of public space today?

In these delicate times when it is necessary to be attentive to ourselves and to others, we would like to invite several artists to propose an artistic action/reflection starting from our common situation of confinement and its consequences on the notion of public space.

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