An anthology of essays written by CAS artists Susan Francis, Yonat Nitzan-Green and Maija Liepins
An exploration of theory and practice, these three very different essays consider how Dissent might be understood as a constructive and creative methodology that encourages a dialogue and generates new solutions and relationships. Susan examines ‘the relational self’ and how it might create an interstice for a constructive dissent. Maija focuses on ‘individual dissent for collective change’ exploring how dissent is part of a non-linear process of mutual creativity. Yonat asks whether the performative act (including mis-performance) can be understood as a link between a painting and that “outside it”.
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Background: In 2015 CAS artists devised an experimental exhibition The Laboratory of Dissent. In part it was inspired by their namesake The Dissenters Chapel. Since that time the artists have continued to explore what it means to dissent in practice. This anthology brings together essays by three of the artists for the first time.