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Thank you to everyone who joined us last Friday at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) for Maeve Brennan’s conversation with Dr Paul Newson, Department of History and Archaeology, American University of Beirut, and Laura Jones, Culture in Crisis programme, V&A, moderated by Salma Tuqan, Contemporary Middle East Curator, V&A.  

Please join us on Thursday 11 May, 7pm for a screening of Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000, 85’) selected and introduced by Sharna Pax. There will be a screening of Maeve Brennan’s The Drift at 6pm prior to this event. Shot near the Iran-Iraq border, Blackboards centres on a group of displaced teachers, who wander the mountains of Kurdish Iran, and the itinerant communities they encounter. Sharna Pax is a film collective that works between the fields of visual art, anthropology and documentary, and comprises Maeve Brennan, Therese Henningsen and Tinne Zenner. This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here. This event is programmed in conjunction with MUBI, an online, curated cinema. In association with Brennan’s exhibition, MUBI are offering Chisenhale audiences a month free. For more information please click here.  

Listen to Maeve Brennan discuss her new film, The Drift, with Erika Balsom, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King’s College London, on our website here.     

We would like to congratulate Chisenhale Gallery alumnae Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi for their Turner Prize 2017 nomination. We would also like to congratulate and wish good luck to James Richards, Jumana Manna and Ahmet Öğüt for their participation in the 57th Venice Biennale 2017. Richards will be representing Wales; Manna is one of six artists representing the Nordic Pavilion; and Öğüt is participating in the NSK State Pavilion. LESBIAN GULLS, DEAD ZONES, SWEAT AND T., an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based Candice Lin and Chisenhale Gallery alumni Patrick Staff, opened at Human Resources in Los Angeles last week. To read about the artists’ Chisenhale Gallery commissions and to find out more about our historic programme, please visit our Archive.

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