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Future Climates: Amal Khalaf and Oliver Ressler

5.30pm

Newcastle University

For the first event in the new series ‘Future Climates: Artists and Curators respond to the Climate Crisis’, curator Amal Khalaf and artist Oliver Ressler talk to Neil Bromwich.

Future Climates: Artists and Curators respond to the Climate Crisis is a new series of talks developed by Art Monthly and the School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University. The series brings together international artists, curators, writers to reflect on how cultural practices can respond to the climate crisis and its complex socio-economic, political and historical entanglements with a specific focus on practices and thinking that go beyond aesthetics to set about making a difference in real life.

Introduced by Chris McCormack (Art Monthly) and Uta Kögelsberger (Newcastle University).

Amal Khalaf is a curator and artist and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt, Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, and co-curator of the forthcoming Sharjah Biennial in 2025. Recent projects include Radio Ballads (2019-22) and Sensing the Planet (2021). She is a founding member of artist collective GCC, a trustee of Mophradat, Athens; not/nowhere, London and Art Night, London. In 2019 she curated Bahrain’s pavilion for Venice, in 2018 she co-curated an international arts and social justice conference called Rights to the City in 2016 she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai. 

Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker whose installations and projects in the public realm address issues of democracy, racism, climate breakdown, forms of resistance and social alternatives. Ressler’s has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; SALT Galata, Istanbul; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville; Museo Espacio, Aguascalientes, Mexico and Belvedere 21, Vienna and in more than 400 group exhibitions, including Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Centre Pompidou, Paris and the biennials in Taipei, Venice, Athens, Kyiv, Gothenburg, Istanbul and at Documenta 14, Kassel, 2017 amongst others.

Neil Bromwich (chair) is part of the Glasgow based collaborative duo Walker & Bromwich and Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University. At the core of Walker & Bromwich’s practice is the exploration of the role art can play as an active agent in society, with a specific focus on climate justice. The duo have exhibited work at documenta-fifteen, SEA + Triennale Jakarta, Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece, MCA Sydney; Tate Britain; V&A London; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; Glasgow International; Edinburgh Art Festival, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.

Image: Oliver Ressler, The Path is Never the Same