IN CONVERSATION: Bayr(y)am Bayr(y)amali & Edwin Nasr
Join us on 28.03.2023 at 7 PM GMT for a live Zoom conversation between Bayr(y)am Bayr(y)amali & Edwin Nasr
A Movement of Movements
Through this series of online talks inspired by the concept “A Movement of Movements” emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s aims to explore the global network of movements that share a common goal of promoting social, racial, economic, and environmental justice across geographies. The conversations moderated by Bayr(y)am Bayr(y)amali aims to entangle the interconnected nature of movements and attempt a radical listening approach between organisers to share resources, methodologies and tactics to build a more just and anti-colonial world.
As Movement of Movements is characterised by a decentralised, non-hierarchical structure, and a focus on grassroots organising and direct action, these conversations are not designed on offering advice or solutions, but rather on providing a space for individuals to share their perspectives in order to resist oppressive systems and to build collective power.
As part of the protest group - BP or not BP? - Bayr(y)am has organized environmental movements to demand end of oil sponsorships in cultural organisations. Key value of the group addresses the possibility of creative performance and direct action as vital tools in the struggle for a better world. Through this speculative connectivity of movements and creating networks with other organisers, the series of talks is a creative and performative endeavour to co-create, co-facilitate and sustain solidarity across borders.
As the issue of fossil fuel sponsorship is deeply entwined with issues of colonialism, race, gender, wealth, class and other injustices, the selected presenters are not sorely working on themes of climate justice. However, as climate organising in the minority world has been defined by white-centred voices, solutions and tactics, these discussions have a purpose of radical listening, sharing and liaising with other movements, rather than creating siloed echo-chambers.
Photo by Diana Pfammatter
Edwin Nasr (b. 1994) is a writer and curator, currently working at CCA Berlin - Center for Contemporary Arts and Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. Their work deals with art practice's ability to make legible spaces and processes of capture, as well as its engagement with histories of the anti-colonial Left. They completed de Appel's Curatorial Programme (CP) in 2021 and the CP Fellowship the following year. Recently curated exhibitions and programs include School for Dissident Friendship (Berliner Festspiele and Ashkal Alwan, 2023); Nicolas Moufarrege: Mutant International (with Negar Azimi, CCA Berlin, 2023); Drawing Faces (in Terror Times) (de Appel and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2022); Alexandria: Past Futures (with Sarah Rifky, Bozar, Brussels and MUCEM, Marseille, 2022); and NOT A READY-MADE HISTORY (with Hera Chan, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin and Seoul Museum of Art, 2022). Their recent and forthcoming writings can be found in Afterall Journal, Spike Art Magazine, n+1, Bidoun, and The White Review, as well as in various exhibition catalogs. Nasr was born in Haret Sakher, Lebanon. They live and work in Berlin.
Bayr(y)am Mustafa Bayr(y)amali is a London based (Bulgarian)Turkish visual researcher, programmer and organiser. His practice deals with issues of new world (b)orders, il/legal identities in the Balkans and beyond. He is an Education Manager at Magnum Photos - a photography co-operative - and co-runs the Old Mountain Assembly - a programming space for worlding and futuring a transitional and decolonial perspectives in Eastern Europe.
As an organiser, Bay(y)ram is part of the protest group BP or not BP? which aims to end oil sponsoring in cultural institutions and challenge the imperial condition of Western art galleries and museums through advocacy and boycott.