Non-Normative Representation In Art Spaces: Panel with Queerator Dan Vo and Sociologist Adebayo Quadry-Adekanbi

The Courtauld Institute of Art LGBTQ+ and BAME Societies present ‘Non-Normative Representation In Art Spaces: Panel with Queerator Dan Vo and Sociologist Adebayo Quadry-Adekanbi’

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Two leaders in BAME and LGBTQ+ culture are coming to share their wisdom on inclusivity in art spaces and the complexities of race, gender, and sexuality in representing art! Dan and Adebayo will be engaging with the reconceptualisation of non-normative representations, particularly in Fani-Kayode’s photographs, in ways that decentre Western normative structures.

They’ll first give short presentations, where Adebayo will look ‘Beyond Identity: Problematising Non-Normative Representation’ and Dan will discuss ways in which we can apply these ideas to re-framing and re-queering Fani-Kayode’s work. Following these talks, our fabulous speakers will be invited together for a short ‘in conversation’ that will be followed by a Q&A.

Dan and Adebayo recently recorded a podcast with the wonderful queer/disrupt community at the University of Warwick, and it was all about reconceptualising Fani-Kayode’s photography – Our event will use this podcast and accompanying blogpost as a springboard to our discussion, so we encourage you to check it out! This’ll give you some background to our guest’s amazing work, introduce the main themes of the event, and hopefully stimulate some questions and critiques that you can bring to the discussion.

Here’s just some short snippets about our lovely guests:

Dan Vo (he/him) is a media producer and museum consultant. He is co-project manager of the Queer Heritage and Collections Network, a partnership formed of the National Trust, English Heritage, Historic England, Historic Royal Palaces, the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries supported by the Art Fund. He has developed LGBTQ+ tours and programming for several museums in the UK, most notably the V&A Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd National Museum Cardiff.

Adebayo Quadry-Adekanbi (he/him) is a PhD candidate at Warwick Sociology. His research explores the intersectional politics of Queer activism and feminism in Nigeria, using principles of postcolonial and Black Queer theory. He is particularly interested in decentring Western paradigms from Africa and challenging normative structures that are violent for Black Queer folks. He is a Director at House of Rainbow, a radically inclusive faith-based organisation that supports Queer Black and Ethnic Minority folks globally; and a Committee Member at queer/disrupt, a community giving space and voice to members of the LGBTQ+ family and marginalised groups both locally and worldwide.


Mar 10 2021


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm