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Whitechapel Gallery Announces New Online Event Series –  Ways of Knowing for Summer 2021

Launching online this spring, Whitechapel Gallery presents Ways of Knowing, a thematic programme of art and ideas that explores alternative ways of thinking about the world. The first season in this live events series centres around the theme of Water/Fluidity, in reference to the subjects explored in the major exhibition Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, and more conceptually to the fluid connections between art, theory, history and place.
 
At its core Ways of Knowing looks to peripheral knowledge systems – the indigenous, self-taught and the non-human – taking an expansive, non-linear approach to what we can know and how we can come to know it. The artist-focussed programme features lectures, film screenings and workshops with Astrida Neimanis, Zadie Xa (b. 1983, Canada), Umama Hamido (b. 1987, Lebanon), Joshua Bonnetta (b. 1979, Canada), Huw Wahl (b. 1985, UK), Cristina Iglesias (b. 1956, Spain) and more.
 
Here's what’s in store from April to July and you can book here:
 
 
22 April 2021: Big Ideas: Astrida Neimanis
Talk | £5 suggested donation
Working at the intersection of feminism and environmental studies, Astrida Neimanis is the leading figure of ‘hydrofeminist’ thought. In this lecture, Neimanis thinks athwart Eileen Agar's own practice of collage, the torquing of scale, and the juxtaposition of unrelated things. Sifting through the flotsam and jetsam of climate catastrophe, she questions what new ways of relating might emerge from the wreckage.
 
6 May 2021: From the Islands to the Thames
Film | £5 suggested donation
Two striking new artists' feature length essay films – Joshua Bonnetta's The Two Sights and Huw Wahl's The Republics ­– engage in multisensory ways with the waterlands of the Outer Hebrides. The latter also follows its protagonist, poet Stephen Watts, back to the banks of the Thames near his home in Shadwell. All three will be in conversation about place, poetry, sound and storytelling alongside screenings of both works. 
 
20 May 2021: Taloi Havini and Margarida Mendes
Talk | £5 suggested donation
Informed by the traditional knowledges of her birthplace, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Sydney-based artist Taloi Havini’s practice reveals and counters the violent colonial structures that have been imposed on the islands and their communities. She is joined in conversation by curator Margarida Mendes about her most recent projects.
 
3 June 2021: Black Gold: Petropolis and Crude Britannia
Film | £5 suggested donation
As the need to move away from fossil fuel use becomes ever more urgent, two crucial works remind viewers of the terrible cost attached to our pursuit of 'black gold'. Peter Mettler's startling aerial survey of the Alberta's catastrophic tar sands extraction reveals the scale of the challenge, while long-time carbon cycle activist and writer James Marriott's new co-authored book brings the analysis back home. He will be in conversation alongside Petropolis. 
 
17 June 2021: Liquid Sculpture: Cristina Iglesias in conversation with Iwona Blazwick and Richard Noble
Talk | £5 suggested donation

Cristina Iglesias’ horizontal fountains, submerged rooms and tropical mazes bring together language, architecture and botany to create immersive spaces of contemplation. Whether building undersea architectures for marine life or revealing underground rivers in busy urban centres, the power and presence of water is central to her practice. Here she is joined in conversation with Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick and Richard Noble to discuss her new monograph, Liquid Sculpture, and her latest commissions.
 
1 July 2021: On Akka’s Shore
Film | £5 suggested donation

Lebanese-born artist Umama Hamido's essay film explores the chaos of memory in relation to personal and collective history; a meditation on a past, present, and future that has been continuously disrupted. Here Hamido will be in conversation with Andrea Luka Zimmerman about the fictional memoir, On Akka’s Shore, which explores the chaos of memory in relation to personal and collective history. 
 
15 July 2021: Zadie Xa
Talk | £5 suggested donation

Giant shells, orcas and ancient powers are recurring presences in Zadie Xa’s work, where the significance of the sea to diasporic identities is centred. For Ways of Knowing, Xa presents a new online sound work, The Word for Water is Whale, exploring the interconnectedness of memory, travel and knowledge transmission via deep listening required to further understand our world and those with whom we share it. This artist talk delves into the ideas in the work and the broader themes of marine existences and watery knowledges across oceans.
 

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