We would like to introduce Reunion, a framework for
producing, supporting and translating art practice in the UK and south east
Europe. We are B+B, a curatorial partnership based in London. We started
working together in 2000 and have been developing a platform for discussion and
debate on the role of the artist in society. Through consultation, events,
exhibitions, research, residencies and workshops, we test and critique the role
of the artist as an agent for change. We believe that artists can disrupt and
provoke the institutions and structures around us and argue that art has the
potential to change society whilst defending the notion it should be allowed to
do what it does best: ask questions without providing solutions and shift
understandings without claiming to empower.
Reunion will support a series of
projects based on exchange between practitioners in the UK and south eastern
Europe to take place from now until June 2007. These projects will be overseen
by a fictional union. This union will be made up of a core group of independent
art practitioners from the UK and south east Europe and a wider group of
interested cultural producers. The union will be a critical platform for the
discussion and support of the projects and will meet over two years and will be
networked via the B+B website. There will also be regular Reunion newsletters
which will document the development of the projects and the issues arising from
the projects and meetings.
We wanted to develop Reunion because we
feel there is a need to find new and alternative methods of exchanging ways of
working and interpreting the complexities of context-specific cultural
production. We believe the dominant neo-liberal agendas need challenging.
Reunion aims to be a productive space where we can join forces with other art
practitioners to discuss our shared politics and concerns and act upon them. It
will be a site for investigating spaces for socialist thought within
contemporary art practice in the light of the current neo-liberal system in the
UK and in the increasingly privatised economies of post-socialist countries.
Reunion will support research and projects which experiment with a 'new left'
politics within socially engaged art practice. Through Reunion we will address
new ways of articulating roles and positions from our specific contexts and
What do we want to change and how are we
going about it? Are our actions feeding the neo liberal agenda or are we being
critical of it and if we are, how are we? How can we be? How can we learn from
each other’s contexts?