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Words As Weapons: When Racism Divides Us

Image credit: Sam Hartnett
26 Sep 2020 to 27 Sep 2020
2.15 to 4.45pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 Sept
Words As Weapons: When Racism Divides Us
Event type: 
Public Program, Seminar/Public Lecture, Workshop/Seminar
$0.00 general admission
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
42 Queen Street, New Plymouth, 4310


A panel and workshops, held as part of a weekend of events, exploring themes raised in the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre’s current exhibition, Candice Lin’s Pigs and Poison, which confronts racism, global migration and racialised language in times of pandemic.

Panel speakers include Professor Manying Ip, author and Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies at University of Auckland; Professor Kerry Ann Lee, artist and Senior Lecturer at Massey University; and Dr David Mayeda, Senior Lecturer of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Auckland.

Participants will reflect on what it means to be an ally to targeted groups in these uncertain times. How willing are we to consider other’s experiences that are beyond our own perspectives? What is the power of language – how do we disrupt racist comments and jokes?

On Sunday join panellists Manying Ip, David Mayeda and Kerry Ann Lee to delve deeper into themes discussed in Saturday's panel event, as we take the time in a safe space to unpack issues of racialised language in times of pandemic, and look at how we can create solutions to address a developing culture of blame. Specifically, how best to respond when you hear casual racism and bigotry.

Anyone joining the workshops are strongly encouraged to have attended the panel discussion, as this will inform the themes discussed. There will be a separate workshop just for young people 12-18, which will be held at the same time as the main workshop.

Free event but bookings are required, please visit our website for details.

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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

14 Sep 2020

Interests The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand's premier contemporary art museum and home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. Admission is free.