Reading Room: Sara Raza and Publics Youth

Reading Room: Sara Raza and Publics Youth




06:35 – 06:35


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Reading Room schedule

12:00pm Listening booths will open in our Library, you are welcome to listen to the podcasts in our office until the launch event begins.

3:30pm PUBLICS Youth podcast launch & Teen Advisory Boards publication

5:30pm SARA RAZA’s Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion book launch and discussion


On 22nd February our Library turns into an open Reading Room, framing two moments to reflect on voices in publishing. 

At 3:30pm the Youth Board 2022 will thread together some of the topics and interests addressed in their podcast, looking back at their experience over the past year. 

On occasion of the podcast launch, we will read an extract from the book How do we know? Institutional listening and young agency in the arts, produced by the Teen Advisory Boards of PRAKSIS (Oslo) and Index Foundation (Stockholm), who are in partnership with our Youth Board. The book will be available for purchase and read in our Library.

In the podcast, Anastasiia Lapteva, Manda Loipponen, Valeriia Masliukova-Malova, Erika Ryppieva, Róza Turunen, and Vanessa Uhlbäck recollect some of the conversations and activities that they have experienced as being part of the Board. In their words, playfulness and togetherness emerge as strategies to navigate the moment of passage from teenagehood to adulthood, and to reclaim self-definition as they experience a shift from education to professionalization. The Boards also reflect on the status of the Youth as a collective within the organization of PUBLICS; and on the experience of engaging with art while being in dialogue with others.

Episode 1. PUBLICS Youth 2022 In Conversation and episode 2. Harold Offeh on working with PUBLICS Youth are available from February 15th on our Vimeo and website.


At  5:30pm we warmly welcome curator and writer Sara Raza who will discuss and present her recently published book Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion.

Inspired by British punk methodology, this experimental book is entirely culled from Raza’s curatorial practice. Taking up fractured and poetic forms the book includes art and artworks by 31 contemporary art practitioners from Central Asia and the Caucasus, the spaces and places associated with the former Soviet Union, and expands to reflect upon the USSR’s complex relationship with the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. Focussing on revolutionary artistic practices and artist-led movements this timely book provides a fresh take on global current events through the cutting, mixing and weaving of art and ideas.

Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion, published by the Black Dog Press in 2022, will be available for purchase during the launch. 


Sara Raza is an award-winning curator and writer specializing in global art and visual cultures from a postcolonial and post-Soviet perspective and is the author of ‘Punk Orientalism: The Art ofRebellion’ (Black Dog Press, London 2022). 

Raza has curated exhibitions and projects for international museums, biennials, and festivals including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Milan), Rubin Museum of Art (New York), Mathaf: Modern Arab Art Museum (Doha, Qatar), the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Saskatchewan, Canada), Maraya Art Center, (Sharjah), the Tashkent Biennale (Uzbekistan), the 55th Venice Biennale, and the 3rd Baku Public Art Festival (Azerbaijan), among others.

Formerly, she was the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa at the Guggenheim Museum, New York and Curator of Public Programs at Tate Modern, London. Raza is the West and Central Asia Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific magazine and has written for numerous artist monographs, books, and catalogues. She is the recipient of the 11th ArtTable New Leadership Award for Women in the Arts and was honored by Deutsche Bank and Apollo as one of 40 under 40 global art specialists (thinkers’ category). She is a Walter Hopps Curatorial Excellence Award Finalist and the Arts Council of England Emerging Curator’s Awardee (2004-05). 

Sara holds a BA (hons) in English Literature and History of Art and an MA in 20th-Century Art History and Theory, both from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and pursued studies towards her PhD at the Royal College of Art, London. She lives and works in New York City, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts Masters Curatorial Practice and is a Red Burns Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and teaches on the Progam’s Masters’ course.

Wed 22 Feb 2023 Closed today


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