In this session, participants will explore how and why arts practices can generate transformative change in public spaces and organisations. Inherently participatory, arts enhance belonging. Belonging is one of our earliest impulses; it shapes and is shaped by our relationships. Yet not everyone belongs equally. This workshop connects art-making to social justice, drawing on Michelle’s work as an international mediation and reconciliation practitioner.
Through the study of five amateur photography groups active in Beijing between 1977 and 1988, this research investigates how different ways of self-organising cohorts provided communal space for these collectives to learn and practice photography, from the private spaces in the late 1970s to emerging public spaces in the 1980s, which resulted in a more plural approach in photographic discourse.
Dr Jennifer S Hunt, Dr Adam Henschke and Associate Professor Matthew Sussex
As Australia gears up for a series of state and federal elections and the United States is in the grip of the 2018 midterms, this is an opportune time to ask some powerful questions about the shape democracies are taking.