Last updated on September 28, 2020
In this new series of virtual talks, arts and culture leaders from around the world dive headlong into the big questions and challenging global issues of the day.
How does art deepen our collective understanding of the converging global crises we face in the 21st century? Can the arts provide sanctuary for people seeking opportunity in a new country or culture in the age of COVID-19?
Explore the interplay between contemporary art, migration, and rapid global change in this talk with two contributors to the Museum's Sanctuary exhibition, Ranu Mukherjee and Dr. Azra Akšamija.
How does making art help a person escape adversity? How can it uplift a community, preserve a culture, counter injustice, or unite a people?
Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal has dedicated his career to exploring these questions in his provocative performance and installation art — including 168:01, which the Aga Khan Museum exhibited in 2018. A former refugee and current professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Bilal reflects on his origins in Iraq, art’s power to effect personal and social change, and significant works on his CV in this new, wide-ranging interview with the Museum’s Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip.
A fascinating history, rich cultural traditions, and a meteoric rise as a global centre for commerce and thought all make the United Arab Emirates an intriguing environment to create, consume, and curate art. And in a ranging discussion for the #MuseumWithoutWalls, two UAE-based arts leaders share their experiences encouraging artistic engagement and new ideas in such a dynamic, diverse cultural milieu.
Our guests for this instalment of our REIMAGINE: Global Conversation series are:
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned almost everyone’s life upside down — and artists are no exception. As Chicago-based Canadian creator Brendan Fernandes explains, travel restrictions and physical-distancing measures have forced artists to reconsider how they create, present, and even think about their work. Joining Aga Khan Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon for a REIMAGINE: Global Conversation, Fernandes also divulges the inspiration behind the carpet design he contributed to the Museum’s Sanctuary exhibition, and he delves into how the show has taken on new meanings since it debuted in San Francisco in 2017.
The guest speakers for the Museum’s latest REIMAGINE: Global Conversation want you (yes, you!) to accelerate a worldwide movement promoting harmony between peoples and effecting positive change in local communities. Joining the Museum’s Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis and Amirali Alibhai for a lively virtual discussion are Bodour Al Qasimi and Mamadou Kwidjim Toure, founders of the Ubuntu Love Challenge. Learn about the genesis of their imaginative new project, and discover how arts, culture, and community service can advance global mutual understanding — and even love — in an era of great uncertainty and rapid social change.
When it opened in 2014, the Aga Khan Museum set out on its mission to promote pluralism through the arts. Nearly six years later, Henry S. Kim, the Museum’s Director and CEO, and Meredith Preston McGhie, the Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism, investigate why this work has become even more crucial and speak to the major barriers facing groups striving to connect cultures and foster dialogue between communities.
Arts leaders in Canada and abroad reflect on our current moment of global upheaval and envision how the industry could emerge on the other side a more inclusive, equitable space.
Joining us for our latest REIMAGINE: Global Conversation are:
Click the video below to the watch “A Brave New World: Future Thinking in the Arts.”
How do intercultural families with members spread across the globe keep their traditions going in the age of COVID-19? Dubai-based PR exec Hanaan Al-Khamis and her mother, the Museum’s own Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, share their family’s experiences in our latest REIMAGINE: Global Conversations talk for the #MuseumWithoutWalls.
How can art and personal storytelling help us make sense of our rapidly changing world and build a brighter future for all?
Two changemakers working at the intersection of community empowerment and the arts share their vital perspectives in this powerful new talk for the #MuseumWithoutWalls.
Our special guests for the first instalment in our REIMAGINE: Global Conservations series are:
Click the video below to watch “Stories We Tell: Overcoming Crisis through Art.”