The talks and the discussion that took place at the three workshop events at The Showroom and Tate Britain on 5, 7 and 8 March 2019 explored to what extent art, artists and art institutions can affect change when addressing issues of migration, displacement and access in the current geopolitical climate. Academics, artists, curators and students considered subjects, issues and questions including Colonialism, citizenship, identity, nationalism, exclusion and racism, displacement, and of course Brexit.


Attached here are full audio recordings of the sessions. The events were also filmed, and videos will be added to the site at a later date. A review by Elisa Adami is published in the April 2019 issue of Art Monthly.


Ane Rodriguez Armendariz, Natasha Marie Llorens, Alicia Chillida Ameztoy, Elvira Dyangani Ose. Credits: Arturo Bandinelli


Tuesday 5 March 2019, The Showroom

Bouchra Khalili: The Tempest Society

A screening of the film The Tempest Society followed by a conversation between Bouchra Khalili and The Showroom’s Director Elvira Dyangani Ose. The event also launched the new artist book The Tempest Society published by Book Works.

There is a recording of this session but not here as the artist never allows her films or presentations to go online. Instead, we suggest you go to her website for details about The Tempest Society, the related publication by the same name, and indeed full information about her work: 

If you would like further information please email Michaela Crimmin.


Thursday 7 March 2019, The Showroom


Elvira Dyangani Ose, Director, The Showroom

Michaela Crimmin, Reader in art and conflict, Royal College of Art and Co-director, Culture+Conflict



a.m. Global citizenship, socio-politics and the arts 


Gurminder Bhambra, Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, introduced by Yaiza Hernandez Velazquez.



Oliver Ressler, Artist, introducing his film work The Right of Passage

Daniela Ortiz, Artist



p.m. panel 1, Art, art institutions and frameworks of representations


Ane Rodríguez Armendariz, Cultural Director, Tabakalera, San Sebastián, Spain

Natasha Marie Llorens, Curator and Writer

Alicia Chillida Ameztoy, Curator



p.m. panel 2, Making sense of culture and identity politics in the context of Brexit. Chair: Michaela Crimmin


Dámaso Randulfe, Artist, Architect, Co-editor of Migrant Journal

Kathrin Böhm, Artist

Comments and questions (extracts)



Friday 9 March 2019, Tate Britain

Gurminder Bhambra, Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex



Oliver Ressler, Artist



Justinien Tribillon, Writer, Co-editor of Migrant Journal



Panel and discussion led by Elvira Dyangani Ose