InTransitTalk: Melanie Keen

Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 7pm

Location: A4, Alserkal Avenue

This talk features a conversation between Melanie Keen, Director of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts, London) and Antonia Carver, Director of Art Jameel.

The discussion navigates Iniva’s history and initiatives predominantly working with British-born and British-based visual artists of African and Asian descent and providing support at different stages in their careers. The conversation considers research into the contemporary via international and transnational contexts, exploring questions of diversification within the arts, independent institutions, radicalism and creating discourse that is complex, plural and global in approach.

The conversation is part of Art Jameel’s InTransitTalks featuring visiting international guests, artists and curators.

Image: Oscar Muñoz, Línea del destino (Line of Destiny), 2006, single screen projection, 156 mins. Courtesy of the artist


Melanie Keen is Director of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts). Her independent curatorial projects include Figures of Speech for Film & Video Umbrella; and Oscar Muñoz: Mirror Image for Iniva. She was a curator at Iniva from 1997 to 2003 and projects include Yinka Shonibare’s Diary of a Victorian Dandy. She has contributed to several publications and she also co-wrote Recordings: a selected bibliography of contemporary African, Afro- Caribbean and Asian British art with Elizabeth Ward. She is co-curator of recent major solo exhibition of new work by Keith Piper entitled Unearthing the Banker’s Bones commissioned by Iniva and Bluecoat Liverpool.


About Iniva

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation.

With the Stuart Hall Library acting as a critical and creative hub for the institution’s work, Iniva collaborates with artists, curators, researchers and cultural producers to challenge conventional notions of diversity and difference. The institute engages a wide audience, particularly young people, in discourse and debate on issues surrounding the politics of race, class and gender.

Founded in 1994, under the leadership of renowned academic Professor Stuart Hall, Iniva is a non-profit organisation based in East London. It has established itself as a pioneering arts organisation in the artistic environment in the UK and beyond. Now Iniva looks towards the future whilst acknowledging its 24-year history and legacy.