Re-imagining Citizenship project to be exhibited at prestigious art exhibition in Venice

A project created by Loughborough University which explores citizenship is being exhibited at a prestigious art exhibition in Venice.

Organised by the Politicised Practice, Anarchism and Theatre Activism Research Groups, Re-imagining Citizenship will be showcased as part of the Venice Biennale, a leading event showcasing contemporary art from around the world.

The interactive exhibition brings together a range of audio-visual and text-based responses to questions about new forms of citizenship and civic participation. It asks whether citizenship can be reconfigured without subjection.

Students, researchers and artists from the University and beyond have contributed to the project.

A Re-imagining Citizenship Activity Book and Re-imagining Citizenship Living Archive online archive has been created as part of the on-going project.

The book features 30 contributors who have designed a range of different activities, inviting readers  and visitors to the exhibition, to respond creatively to sets of instructions (using text, video, sound or graphics) and upload them to the Living Archive

Throughout the Venice Biennale exhibition, contributors to the Re-imagining Citizenship Activity Book will run a series of related workshops.

Dr Gillian Whiteley, coordinator of the Politicised Practice Research Group, said: “We are very excited to be able to exhibit our work at the prestigious Venice Biennale and in the future we hope to take this project around different parts of the world.”

“Our project has been a collaborative effort and we have been supported by the University’s Institute of Advanced Studies and Loughborough Enterprise Project Group, who have supported us with our work.”

The exhibition will take place at the Palazzo Mara, hosted by European Cultural Centre. It will run from 11 May-24 November.

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