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Iniva Launches 2010 with a Dynamic Multi-Voiced Exhibition
John Sealey, "They Call Me...Don't Call Me", 2006. Film still. ©The artist.

LONDON.- Iniva launches 2010 with a dynamic multi-voiced exhibition selected by curators, artists and filmmakers. Painting, sculpture, graphics and film reflect the times we live in and changes to the social and cultural landscape since Iniva was founded 15 years ago. The structure of the exhibition explores interpretations of ‘cultural diversity'.

Manick Govinda from Artsadmin, Sally Lai from the Chinese Arts Centre, and artist Zarina Bhimji have selected artists. These include Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour whose bold mixture of art, politics, games, sci-fi and storytelling rebels against the stereotypes of the Middle East. Ashery is from Israel and Sansour from Palestine. Artist Sanford Biggers' sculptures seamlessly blend contemporary hip-hop expressions with Eastern Spiritualism, he presents a breakdance floor modelled on a Buddhist mandala.

Filmmaker and scholar Karen Alexander and filmmaker Campbell select screenings by artists such as Kara Walker whose provocative films retell narratives around slavery and domination; Hetain Patel who realigns his body in relationship to nationhood in films like Kanku Ragu, and Harold Offeh with his humorous re-interpretation of Hollywood media representations of the asexual mammy figure.

... Is the era and the goal of ‘cultural diversity' in the arts now over? Has the globalisation of the art world - "let a thousand biennales bloom" - ‘solved' the problem? Stuart Hall, Founding Chair of Iniva and Rivington Place

A lively talks and events programme asks questions around internationalism, cultural hierarchies, participation and politics. Join the debates at Rivington Place or online.

The Inivators, Iniva's Youth Advisory Board, in collaboration with artist Yara El Sherbini provide their own radical responses to Progress Reports with playful art interventions, installations and events. They stage a court of law with the cultural sector on trial; create their own version of the popular BBC Question Times programme called Questionable Times; devise a special board game installation and give news updates on their pirate radio station.

Manick Govinda is Head of Artists' Advisory Services and Artists' Producer at Artsadmin. He is a member of the London Cultural Strategy Group at City Hall, a non-executive director of a-n: The Artists Information Company, and a member of the civil liberties group, The Manifesto Club. He is currently co-curating a series of permanent public art-works for the new Town Hall Hotel and Apartments in Bethnal Green, which will open in Spring 2010.

Sally Lai, has been Chief Executive of the Chinese Arts Centre since December 2008. Her previous roles include working as an independent curator and consultant, as Assistant Director and Head of Programmes at firstsite, and as Visual Arts Officer at the Arts Council. She has had a number of advisory roles including being part of the advisory group for Chris Ofili's music project, Freeness, and Specialist Advisor to the Visual Arts Department of the Scottish Arts Council.

Zarina Bhimji is an artist who was born in Uganda and lives and work in London, she studied at Goldsmiths and the Slade School of Art. She works across a range of media: installations, photography, film and sound. Bhimji has exhibited extensively both in the UK and abroad and her work has entered many international museums and private collections including Tate, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA and Moderna Museet, Sweden.

Karen Alexander is an independent film curator, writer and freelance consultant. She has contributed articles to Sight & Sound and Vertigo, organised a wide range of screenings for festivals, conferences and exhibitions on her key areas of interest - representation, gender, identity and independent cinema. From 1998-2006 she worked at the BFI on their Distribution and Archive releases.

Campbell is an award-winning director/producer. She has produced and directed for galleries and television. Her titles include the award-winning 'BD Women', (1994) and 'Legacy', (2006). She also directed 'Fem', (2007) and 'Broken Chain', (2008). Campbell's body of work was honored by the Queer Black Cinema festival in New York in March 2009. "Image, Memory and Representation", a retrospective of her work, was programmed at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2007.

Exhibiting artists include: Oreet Ashery, Sanford Biggers, Naomi Kashiwagi, Radhika Khimji, Harold Offeh, Hetain Patel, Lisa Reihana, Larissa Sansour, John Sealey, Tejal Shah and Kara Walker.

Iniva | Manick Govinda | Sally Lai | Zarina Bhimji | Karen Alexander | Campbell |

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