Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Chicago Boys | Performance at The Showroom

Thursday 13 May

An informal evening of music and discussion by Chicago Boys: while we were singing, they were dreaming, a 1970s revival band and neo-liberalism study group assembled by artist Hiwa K. Following from performances at a café on the Edgware Road in April, the band will play popular music from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon in the 1970s, followed by conversations about personal memories and the shaping of the region by neo-liberal policies.

For this performance, Chicago Boys: while we were singing, they were dreaming, band members include: Nabil Ahmed, Janna Graham, Hiwa K, Helene Kazan, Amal Khalaf, Roshi Nasehi, Abbas Nokhasteh, Noura Sanatian, Shimon Sakakibara and Nicolas Vass.

Hiwa K is an artist and musician interested in informal knowledge, performativity and the figure of the artist as amateur. Born in Iraq, he is now based on his feet. His residency in London has been organised in collaboration between The Showroom and the Serpentine Gallery’s Edgware Road Project on the occasion of Estrangement. Co-curated by Hiwa K and Aneta Szylak Estrangement is a curatorial and educational enterprise that is situated outside of one’s familiar context or within the context to which one does not belong. Involving artists from both Europe and the Middle East through international residencies, research and projects, Estrangement rethinks cultures of representation, creating spaces for intimate and individual encounters. It is on view at Showroom until 5 June, 2010. For more information: The Showroom

The Edgware Road Project, links local and international artists to people living and working in this London neighbourhood. The project base is the Centre for Possible Studies, opening 30 May, 2010.

For more information: Serpentine Gallery

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