Crossing Borders? — Roundtable discussion

Join Karen Babayan, Frank Finlay and Sophie Loss at this roundtable event organised as part of the PAGES Reset: Contemporary Artist's Book Fair at the University of Leeds.

Three artists, writers and curators come together to discuss notions of home, and what it means to visit locations, cities and countries felt to be out of bounds as a result of displacement, genocide and political upheaval.

The speakers will respond to themes underpinning the exhibition Shifting Borders: A Journey to the Centre of Our World(s) which is currently running in the Treasures of the Brotherton gallery.

Karen Babayan is of Armenian-British heritage. She was born in Iran and moved to the UK in 1978 at the age of 16 due to the impending Islamic Revolution. She is a multi-media artist and writer, several of her book works have been published in collaboration with the Wild Pansy Press

Frank Finlay is Emeritus Professor of German Language and Literature at the University of Leeds, UK. His research and publications focus on 20th/21st Century literature and society, the public role of the intellectual and, more recently, on German memory culture in a transnational context. 

Sophie Loss is an artist whose practice, in the form of books and paper constructs, materialises impossible images and structures. She directs the artists’ book coalition, AMBruno. She was born to a Polish Jewish family and grew up in Israel, and originally came to the UK to study.

This event is organised by Professor Chris Taylor and Dr John McDowall as part of the PAGES Reset: Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair. Taking place on 17 and 18 March at the University of Leeds, the book fair will display work by over 50 artists and imprints. Find out more about the book fair.

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Map from Blood Oranges Dipped in Salt, Karen Babayan, Wild Pansy Press, 2012.