(Monday) 15:45 - 16:15
Yan Preston: With love. From the new wild. A pink love heart shrines on the industrial wasteland of Burnley, Lancashire. A thriving, blossoming rhododendron bush
Yan Preston: With love. From the new wild.
A pink love heart shrines on the industrial wasteland of Burnley, Lancashire. A thriving, blossoming rhododendron bush that is seen as invasive, guilty of threatening the treasured British landscape with their beloved oak trees. By imagining a landscape of disappeared oak and expanding rhododendron, the paper investigates the politics associated with the ideas of wildness and invasiveness within the biosphere. It attempts to re-imagine national landscape (in this case, England) in which weeds, invasive plants and unwanted nature are accepted and integrated like the dead oak.
Speakers for this event
I have developed art works with refugee and asylum seeker groups living in the North East. Through my work with refugee community, I became acutely aware of the paradoxical disparity regarding international discussions on climate change and its social aspects as a cause for migration. Although global warming is recognised as the biggest threat to humanity, from a legal perspective, climate refugees simply don’t exist. There is currently no recognised legal framework that accounts for the needs and rights of those affected and climate change as a driver of this migration is rarely recognised let alone given a voice. My intention is to raise these issues in the project and artistic outcomes.
- Day 1
16.00 Opening day events16.00 - 21.00Opening day events including keynotesSpeakers: Bayo Akomolafe, Beatrice Allegranti