12.02.08 'Mea Culpa': Roundtable Discussion on Public Apology

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11th February 2008, 3 – 4.30 pm, followed by a reception in the gallery.

Convened by Olga Smith and Dina Gusejnova.

The aim of this event is to provide a platform for the discussion of issues raised by the exhibition entitled Mea Culpa, held at Man&Eve Gallery, 18 January – 17 February 2007. This exhibition has been conceived and curated by Ryan Ras, with the participation of Paul Jackson, Hannah Coulson, Sara Crow and Jonny Pilcher.

The inspiration for this project comes from one of the most emotional cases in the history of public apology: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt’s silent genuflection before the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1970. On Ryan Ras’ invitation, participating artists have contributed written and visual narratives, performance, film and audio work.

Mea Culpa roundtable will promote an understanding of the themes raised by the exhibition at an intersection of critical perspectives and methodologies. Amongst a variety of possible questions offered for discussion there will be, What are the implications of saying “I am sorry” publicly? What are the limits of personal investment in the act of public apology? How can artworks further an understanding of these issues?

Roundtable Participants:

Mea Culpa participating artists

Marina Cantacuzino

A journalist and an activist, Marina Cantacuzino is the founder of The Forgiveness Project, a charitable organisation which explores the powers of forgiveness and reconciliation through real-life human experience.

Professor Bill Niven

Bill Niven is the Professor of Contemporary German Studies at the Nottingham Trent University. Professor Niven’s research interests include, coming to terms with Nazism and communism in Germany, and he is the author of the seminal text on this subject, Facing the Nazi Past: United Germany and the Legacy of the Third Reich (2001/2002).

Mea Culpa round table will take place at Man&Eve, 131 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4JJ.

Places are limited and booking is essential. If you would like to attend please contact the gallery on 0207 582 7861 or email info@manandeve.co.uk.

The exhibition is open from 12 noon – 6pm, Wednesday – Saturday, or at other times by appointment.