The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme connected with the Tate Modern in June to produce a workshop and open discussion on the topic of Art and Inequality.
The event brought curators, artists, academics, and the public together in discussion, pulling out questions around the specific roles that art might play in tackling inequalities. How might artists document or make visible forms of inequality? What impact might their work have in shaping political and economic debates in these areas? How might artists and institutions work with communities and activists to reduce inequalities? And in what ways might art and its institutions perpetuate inequalities?
The open discussion drew on questions and contributions from the audience rather than formal presentations from the panelists. Chaired by the broadcaster Bidisha, the panel includes the cultural critic Bonnie Greer, academic Andrea Phillips (BALTIC Professor and Director of the BxNU research institute), and the artist Jacob V Joyce.