This lecture will draw parallels between a selection of prominent contemporary artists who are using their creative practices to bring to light political issues of present day. Looking at artists from different backgrounds such as British street artist BANKSY and American portrait painter Kehinde Wiley (who was commissioned to paint Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait), we will examine the importance of art in holding a mirror up to society. Other artists that will be discussed include Dana Schutz, who was recently included in the group exhibition ‘Radical Figures’ at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.
SPEAKER – BOJANA POPOVIC
Upon completing her Masters in Curating at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Bojana worked at TATE Britain and The Serpentine Galleries before seeking experience in the private art sector. For a few years she worked for private art galleries in Zurich and Paris before moving to the leading auction house, Christie’s, in London. During her four years at Christie’s she worked as a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department where she also led art history lectures in collaboration with Christie’s Education’s MA programme. Since then, Bojana has been working as a freelance art consultant, Art History lecturer and writer.