RCA talks

Visual Cultures Lecture Series: Gilane Tawadros & Luc Tuymans, Chaired by Giorgos Kontis

25 April 2017 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

The fifth talk in the School of Fine Art's flagship lecture series with Gilane Tawadros & Luc Tuymans, Chaired by Giorgos Kontis. The theme of this talk is Cultural Identity, Europe & Authenticity.

Gilane Tawadros is the Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists rights management organisation. Gilane has spent her career in the visual arts. She was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in London, chaired by Professor Stuart Hall, which, over a decade, achieved an international reputation as a ground-breaking cultural agency at the leading edge of artistic and cultural debates nationally and internationally. She has curated numerous exhibitions and has written extensively on contemporary art. She is Vice-Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation and also serves on the Boards of Film and Video Umbrella, the Stuart Croft Foundation and the Editorial Board of Whitechapel Art Gallery. She is also a member of the Artquest Advisory Group and the Intellectual Property Office's (IPO) Copyright Advisory Panel.

Widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s, Belgian artist Luc Tuymans continues to assert its relevance by addressing a diverse range of topics. Quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling, his works engage equally with questions of history and its representation as with quotidian subject matter cast in unfamiliar and eerie light. Painted from pre-existing imagery, they often appear slightly out-of-focus and sparsely colored, like third-degree abstractions from reality. Whereas earlier works were based on magazine pictures, drawings, television footage, and Polaroids, recent source images include material accessed online and the artist’s own iPhone photos, printed out and sometimes re-photographed several times.

The work of Giorgos Kontis focuses on abstract painting and on its function as an image. It becomes a contemplation on the autonomy the painted image gains, triggering questions on authenticity and the artistic agency. Giorgos studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, at the Academy of Visual Arts (AdBK) in Munich and at the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin, and he holds a MFA from St.Joost Academy in Breda, Netherlands. He is currently doing a practice based PhD in Painting, at the Royal College of Art, on the notion of Authenticity. Recent shows include: O, Kunstbuero, Vienna, with Just Quist; The Same Sky, Lepsien Art Foundation, Düsseldorf; Tender is The Night, CAN Gallery, Athens; Ab-stractions, Hellenic American Union Athens; Eurocontrol premises (solo), Brussels; Let Gooo project (solo), Ruimte Caesuur, Middelburg; Young Masters, Glazenhuis, Lommel, Belgium. Talks include: Rijksakademie Open Studios, Amsterdam, with Camiel van Winkel; Authenticity in the Act of Painting Symposium, De Pont Museum Tilburg; Memory and Perception, Techne conference, Rich Mix London; The Threatening Image, SU Royal College of Art London; Artist’s talk Ruimte Caesuur, Middelburg.