Bite size: The Infinite Crossroads

Kehinde Wiley Narrenschiff, 2017. Installation view: Kehinde Wiley: In Search of the Miraculous, solo exhibition, Stephen Friedman Gallery (2017–2018). Copyright Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photo by Mark Blower. 

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“Confined on the ship, from which there is no escape, the madman is delivered to the river with its thousand arms, the sea with its thousand roads, to that great uncertainty external to everything. He is a prisoner in the midst of what is the freest, the openest of routes: bound fast at the infinite crossroads” Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

Young men today are awash in a sea of identities. As language and imagery endeavour to skew and queer hegemonic assumptions about what makes us who we are in terms of heritage and identity, the still watching panopticon continues to encourage notions which both limit and restrain the next generation. Through this talk, Dr Butler will explore these ideas in relation to both the exhibition and several communities in the city of Plymouth today.

Alan Butler is a research fellow and associate lecturer in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts, whilst managing the University's heritage and community outreach initiative, Cornerstone Praxis. He is a Director of Pride in Plymouth and created and curates their ongoing Plymouth LGBT Community Archive project.  

Date: 30 September 2020
Time: 13:00
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Today's events

Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools

The Levinsky Gallery | 29 September 2020–24 January 2021

When confronted with large bodies of water, a duality is often experienced: we are in fact at once attracted to but also frightened by the unknown.

New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley's mode of enquiry, and his interest in the portrayal and modulation of power will be explored through the works on show, which also include paintings and sculpture. The exhibition aims to investigate the ways in which the artist masterfully uses traditional representation to challenge power relations and art historical norms. Curated by The Box in partnership with The Arts Institute and Royal Museums Greenwich.

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Kehinde Wiley, Narrenschiff, 2017, Three-channel digital film. Duration: 16.40 minutes. Copyright Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery

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