FSP@PPG: Responses to Nuclear War
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Creative Responses to the Threat of Nuclear War
An FSP@PPG Lunchtime Conversation
This discussion will focus on the intersection of activism and art in response to the threat of nuclear war. Held in conjunction with the Power Plant Gallery’s exhibit of artist Erin Johnson’s The Way Things Can Happen, which revisits the 1983 made-for-tv movie The Day After, the discussion will include Erin Johnson, UNC-Chapel Hill artist and professor elin O’Hara slavick, Durham-based freelance photographer, activist, and former social worker Jenny Warburg, and Mandy Carter, a life-long member of the pacifist-based War Resisters League. In addition to looking back to reactions to nuclear proliferation in the 1980s, we’ll talk about the role of documentary and experimental arts in activism, connections and disjunctions among anti-war activism of the past and today’s local social movements, and the role of women in documenting and resisting state-sponsored violence.
Free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Power Plant Gallery. The Power Plant Gallery is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.
Mandy Carter is a southern African-American lesbian activist with a 51-year movement history of social, racial, and LGBTQ justice organizing since 1967. Raised in two orphanages and a foster home for her first 18 years, Ms. Carter attributes the influences of the Quaker-based American Friends Service Committee, the former Institute…...Read More
Erin Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist who uses video, sound, performance, and social practice to explore the blurred lines between rehearsal and performance; real and imagined landscapes and borders; and perception, memory, and interpretation. Her practice – which revolves around questions of gender, sexuality, ecology, and disaster – evidences a…...Read More
elin o'Hara slavick is a Professor of Visual Art, Theory and Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Slavick has exhibited her work internationally and…...Read More
Jenny Warburg is a freelance photographer, activist, and former social worker living in Durham, NC. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, the LA Times, People, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, Ms., the Guardian,…...Read More