BOOK LAUNCH and celebration
How We Hold: Rehearsals in art and social change

Saturday 30th September, Serpentine Pavilion 1.30-8pm
2pm – 6pm: panels and activations
6-8pm: DJ set by artist Ain Bailey

Serpentine Civic & Education are pleased to present a new publication, How We Hold: Rehearsals in Art and Social Change published by Serpentine and Koenig. A celebratory day of discussions, offerings and music by contributors Barby Asante, Camille Barton, Ain Bailey, Adelita Husni Bey, Harold Offeh, Rae Johnson, Farzana Khan, Rehana Zaman, Meenadchi and others will take place at the Serpentine Pavilion 2023 on Saturday 30 September.

Recent projects explored in How We Hold include Radio Ballads presented at Serpentine North (31 March – 29 May 2022) and Barking Town Hall (2-17 April 2022) and featuring Sonia Boyce, Helen Cammock, Rory Pilgrim and Ilona Sagar. Pilgrim’s project RAFTS has been nominated for the 2023 Turner Prize.

Over the past decade, Serpentine Education and Civic Curators Jemma Egan, Layla Gatens, Elizabeth Graham, Amal Khalaf and Alex Thorp have developed over 60 long-term collaborative commissions and collective imaginings generated by artists and groups of people that test the possibilities of art in the complexities of social change.

Radio Ballads exhibition film, directed by Husam Al-Deen and edited by Vedant Majitha, 2022.


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