Rua Red & See Through Café Presents | When Art Becomes Activism

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This event took place live online on Monday, 18th May 2020.

When Art Becomes Activism

Join Georgy Mamedov and Evgeny Shtorn for a very interesting See Through Café! With this conversation we are opening our See Through Cafe to a new geographic area. This time we can see Central Asia from the window of Rua Red Gallery. Our distinguished guest Georgy Mamedov will help us to explore more the gaps and bridges between art and activism.

The See Through Café project is curated by visual artist Anca Danila, sociologist Evgeny Shtorn and Mother Tongues Festival curator Francesca La Morgia, presented in collaboration with Rua Red and supported by the South Dublin County Arts Office and Creative Ireland.

The See Through Café is a free and open space to meet new people who have an interest in art, diversity, community and who love to learn something new about places, people and creativity.

Meet the Artists

Georgy Mamedov
Georgy Mamedov (1984), communist and LGBT activist, curator and educator based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He teaches history and theory of modern and contemporary art at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek and chairs the board of the leading Central Asian LGBT organization Labrys Kyrgyzstan. He currently works on the creation of transnational theoretical and activist platform Smychka focusing on dialectic materialist research and theorizing of body, gender and sexuality. Georgy co-authored and co-edited a number of publications including pioneer Russian language collection of feminist and queer sci-fi Utterly Other (Bishkek 2018), book Queer Communism is Ethics (Moscow 2016), and almanac Concepts of the Soviet in Central Asia (Bishkek 2016). In 2015, Mamedov was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters.

Evgeny Shtorn
Evgeny Shtorn is a guest lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. He is an activist, organiser and LGBT researcher from Russia who was forced to leave the country and claim asylum in 2018.