Who Are We? is a free 6-day cross-platform event, designed to facilitate the co-creation, co-production, and exchange of knowledges among artists, academics, activists, and diverse publics around the multiple crises of identity and belonging in Europe and the UK. The week of activity has been specifically designed for Tate Exchange reflecting on identity, belonging, migration and citizenship through arts and audience participation.
Auden’s homage to Yeats conjures an uncannily resonant image of contemporary Europe, a Europe increasingly divided, fending and fastening its borders against real and imagined ‘others’. Guided by Auden’s quote and inspired by the open dialogue of the Tate Exchange initiative looking at art and its importance to society, Who Are We? will explore what it means to be civic, creating a space for encounters between people and communities often kept apart by binaries: artists versus audiences, academics versus artists, migrants versus ‘natives’, and activists versus publics.
Artists and practitioners from England, Scotland, Poland, Finland, Iraq, Italy, Germany, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Romania, Greece, Spain, Israel, USA and South Africa will contribute to activities, installations and events to which the public are invited to engage and participate.
· What is becoming of Europe and the UK?
· What are we forgetting, and with what consequences?
· How does our colonial past connect to today’s migratory movements?
· Can the creative uses of media, technologies, logistics, visual art and performance show us a glimpse of another Europe, another ‘We’?
The programming team comprises Counterpoints Arts, Open University, Loughborough University, and Warwick University with contributions from Goldsmiths, the Stuart Hall Foundation, Universal Design Studio, Graphic Thought Facility and with support from the Swedish Embassy London.
Who Are We? Project is running Tuesday 14 – Sunday 19 March, from 12 noon each day, as part of the Tate Exchange on the 5th Floor of Switch House at Tate Modern, London.