Professor Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Professorial Fellow and Chair of Global Art in the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, has received a glowing review on an influential blog for her performance at the ‘First Friday’ event held at the Stryx Gallery in Digbeth, Birmingham
Professor Carroll’s 40 minute performance had audience members encounter sounds and images that depict political and physical borders, geographical movement, immigration centres and holding cells, and the voices of immigrants, refugees, prisoners, and border patrol guards. It was the first time the theatre performance, currently on tour in the UK, had been exhibited alongside as a solo gallery exhibition. It was culmination of a three-year ERC project, made in collaboration with Christoph Balzar, Mary Bosworth, Ludovica Fales, Emma Humphris, Jessyca Hutchens and 300 anonymous artists.
The review is on the Curating the Contemporary blog, a leading art review blog with a domestic and international readership. In his review James Lawrence Slattery commented on the complex, stimulating work, with his piece ending with ‘The room was still and hushed till the end, and I mused how we had all changed together, from curious audience to bodies in a room, captivated by the work.”