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In Conversation


30 Nov 2023  

6pm UK Time 


30 November, 6pm

Liza Sylvestre in conversation with Sarah Hayden and Lauren La Rose.

Join us for this online discussion chaired by Lauren La Rose, with artist Liza Sylvestre and curator Sarah Hayden, as together they reflect on Access as a form of creative practice and resistance.

Liza Sylvestre’s current exhibition in our City Dome Gallery, asweetsea, explores what it means to communicate. As an artist who is deaf, and whose child and partner are both hearing, Sylvestre seeks to locate where her disability lives within their family structure. Liza is a transdisciplinary artist and a Research Assistant Professor within the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Univerity of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, where she has co-founded the initiative Crip*––Cripistemology and the Arts (Crip*).

Dr Sarah Hayden is a writer and Associate Professor in Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Southampton, and curated asweetsea for John Hansard Gallery in 2022.

Lauren La Rose (she/they) is a Latine, disabled/chronically ill multidisciplinary artist, researcher and educator working at the intersection of curation, producing, radical pedagogy and social practice. As a Merit Scholarship Recipient, they earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art. With more than a decade of experience in arts education and grassroots community organising, they are passionate about social justice, sustainability, and equitable access to the arts. Motivated by the personal and political, their research investigates counter-narrative and participatory practices, expanding definitions of what it means to be mixed-race, disabled, and queer. Currently they are the Project Manager of We Contain Multitudes, a three-year project in partnership with Collective, Dundee Contemporary Art and LUX Scotland, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

This online event will be live captioned and BSL interpreted.