Voices and Images from the Banlieue - Private view and book launch

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site, Oxford


Stigmatised as sites of riots, isolation and deprivation, suburban communities are located at the limits of French society, both literally and metaphorically. The aim of this exhibition is to question the negative clichés attached to the ’banlieue’ by exploring it as a hub of creativity from where new types of voices, discourses and identities are emerging. Based on the outcomes of a Summer School organised in July 2013, the exhibition showcases outcomes of collaboration between international artists and scholars who immersed themselves for a week in the culturally diverse environment of Greater Paris. The private view will be an occasion to launch the bilingual art book ‘Voices and Images of the Banlieue’, a 126-page exhibition catalog with texts and photographs by 25 contributors. Edited by Christina Horvath and Juliet Carpenter, the book has been published with a group of graduate and undergraduate students from Oxford Brookes who were responsible for every aspect from the translations to the copyediting and design. 

The exhibition coincide with the first day of the two-day conference ’The Banlieue far from the Clichés’, held at the Headington Hill Hall, at Oxford Brookes. The conference seeks to promote inter- and multidisciplinary approaches and a focus on representations of produced by artists from suburban housing estates as well as urban collectives and other urban actors. Papers and discussions will address, among others, the emergence of urban culture and its different forms, the representations and self-representations of communities, the individual or collective memory of suburban housing estates, images of diversity versus clichés and the real or perceived authenticity of the new "voice of the suburbs". Keynote and guest speakers will include Professor Edward Welch (University of Aberdeen), Mohamed Mechmache (ACLEFEU) as well as writers Mamadou Mahmoud N’Dongo and Skander Kali. Organised by Banlieue Network and funded by the AHRC, the conference is the second in a series seeking to promote exchange of knowledge around the subject of segregated urban communities.

’Our AHRC-funded 2-year project ’Banlieue Network’ is approching to its conclusion. We hope to share its outcomes as widely as possible with our colleages and students trhough these three events of knowledge transfer which aim to celebrate the banlieue as a hub of creativity and forge a sustainable collaboration between researchers, artists, user communities and students’.
Christina Horvath and Juliet Carpenter