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18 Oct 2017

Launch of ArtLeaks Gazette #4


Demanding Justice: Social Rights and Radical Art Practices


Promotion event at Polet, on 21st of October 2017, from 4-6pm

Corina L. Apostol

71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick 08901

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We are very happy to share the news about the official launch of the latest issue of the ArtLeaks Gazette at The Salon of the Unbribables in Belgrade. You are invited to join our launch event that will be held at Polet on Saturday, October 21st 2017 from 4-6 PM.

Speakers: Maja Ćirić, Saša Perić, Rena Redle&Vladan Jeremić
21.10.2017, 16-18h
Polet, Cetinjska 15, Beograd

With a focus on social rights this issue comprises contributions that reflect on the transversale of art and labor (Trondheim Seminar/ Rena Raedle & Vladan Jeremić) and tackle the question of class and conditions of production in the artworld, something that is often avoided by artists and academics coming from the middle class (Mike Watson). While working class artist Damian Hirst is celebrated as a proof and model for social mobility in the artworld, political topics rather tend to serve the critical consciousness of the middle class than to speak out about the real conditions of value production in the arts that is shouldered by an anonymous crowd of cultural and art workers, volunteering in the institutions of the artworld (Joshua Schwebel & Catarina Pires). The staggering commercialization and social stratification in the arts have created the need to create new models of cultural production that are autonomous from the neoliberal logic (Dark Matter Games / Gregory Sholette, Kuba Szreder, Noah Fischer & Marco Baravalle) and for that, contributors looked into the history and contemporaneity of art workers's social struggles (Corina L. Apostol, Sokol Haim). In times of the aggressive rise of the right in many countries in the world, this issue of ArtLeaks Gazette became a contemporary document of the urgency of organization and political engagement of art workers beyond the art field in the Republic of Macedonia (Tihomir Topuzovski) and the U.S. (#J20 Art Strike).

ArtLeaks members in collaboration with The Salon of the Unbribables would like to initiate an open discussion around social justice in the artworld, by highlighting topics of ArtLeaks Gazette#4 and relating them to burning issues of art and culture in Belgrade and Serbia.

ArtLeaks was founded in 2011 as an international platform for cultural workers where instances of abuse, corruption and exploitation are exposed and submitted for public inquiry.
The ArtLeaks Gazette is a regular on-line publication as a tool for empowerment, reflection and solidarity and meant to contribute to the critical debates around censorship, exploitation and abuse highlighted on our online archive since 2011. We hope many of you will use it in your own self-organized schools, seminars, workshops, protest meetings, and join our community to push these issues even further.

The gazette includes texts by: Mike Watson, Joshua Schwebel & Catarina Pires, Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić, Tihomir Topuzovski, Haim Sokol, Corina L. Apostol, and Dark Matter Games (Gregory Sholette, Kuba Szreder, Noah Fischer & Marco Baravalle).
Campaigns by the Art Handlers Alliance of New York and #J20 Art Strike
Visual works reproduced in the gazette are by: Anastasia Vepreva & Roman Osminkin, Haim Sokol, Gil Mualem Doron and Claudiu Cobilanschi
Editors: Corina L. Apostol, Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić
Cover page by the editors, image credit: Haim Sokol