Thursday, 6 October 2011

Art, Resistance and Alternatives: a screening and discussion with Oliver Ressler and Katarzyna Kosmala

CCA Glasgow, 7.30 – 10.00pm, October 21st 2011

Oliver Ressler is an Austrian-born artist who produces projects in public space and films addressing forms of resistance and social alternatives. He has had solo exhibitions at Berkeley Art Museum, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt and The Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Istanbul. His films have been screened around the world.

Socialism Failed, Capitalism is Bankrupt – What Comes Next?
Oliver Ressler
19mins, 2010

Recorded in Armenia in Yerevan’s largest bazaar, the film follows the market traders’ struggle to survive the crisis of a post-Socialist reality that has closed many local factories and dissolved social safety nets.

Comuna under Construction
Dario Azzelini and Oliver Ressler
94 mins, 2010

In consejos comunales, the people of Venezuela collectively decide about the community’s concerns. These councils, built from the grassroots, aim to create a form of self-government, parallel to the institutional framework.

The screening will be followed by a conversation and Q & A exploring the role of politically engaged art in protest and human rights issues, led by Katarzyna Kosmala

Dr Katarzyna Kosmala is Reader in Visual Culture and Organisation at the University of the West of Scotland, a visiting research fellow at GEXcel, Insitute of Thematic Gender Studies, Linkoping University & Orebro University, Sweden, and a curator and freelance art writer.


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