How Do We Care? Geographies of Art and Urban Recovery
Free Public Lecture
Theatre 2, Basement Level
207 Bouverie Street
T: 8344 9395
This seminar asks how we can examine, and responsibly engage with, distressed environments and traumatised communities within urban recovery contexts through the lens of socially engaged public art practices. This issue lies at the heart of Dr Zebracki's research mobility project CARED: Community Art and Recovery in Environments Disrupted by Disasters, in partnership with the cultural geographer Dr David Conradson at the Department of Geography, University of Canterbury.
The seminar focuses on Christchurch and discusses how this city has undergone a remarkable transition following a series of devastating earthquakes in 2010–11, which involved 185 fatalities and significant material loss. About three quarters of the buildings in the city centre has been demolished as part of an on-going US$30 billion repair and construction programme. In this post-disaster urban landscape, Christchurch acts as host to burgeoning publicly commissioned art and grassroots community art initiatives, making this city a particularly pertinent case.
This seminar will pool cross-disciplinary expertise to discuss (1) how community and public art projects may articulate and create space for social difference in a post-disaster city, and (2) the ways in which community and public art thereby may contribute to more socially just and inclusive urban futures. Zebracki will conclude with a discussion of the ethics of engaging local communities in art-led post-disaster urban recovery politics and how we may progress geographical research that cares.
Dr Martin Zebracki, School of Geography, University of Leeds
Dr Martin Zebracki
School of Geography, University of Leeds
Dr Martin Zebracki has published widely in critical human geography about the intersecting geographies of public art practice, social engagement, (sexual) citizenship, and digital culture. His recent volumes include The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion (with Cameron Cartiere; Routledge, 2016) and Public Art Encounters: Art, Space and Identity (with Joni M. Palmer; Routledge, 2017). He has been awarded a grant by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to lead the multisite project Queer Memorials: International Comparative Perspectives on Sexual Diversity and Social Inclusivity (QMem). Personal profile: http://www.zebracki.org.