This symposium, organised by Afterall and TrAIN, examined the contemporary art exhibition in a global context by considering three case studies from 1989, a pivotal year for both art and politics: 'Magiciens de la Terre' at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, 'The Other Story' at the Hayward Gallery, London, and the third Bienal de La Habana.The event opened with a keynote speech by Sarat Maharaj and other invited speakers included Thomas Boutoux, Sonya Boyce, Jean Fisher, Cuauhtémoc Medina and Gerardo Mosquera.
'Exhibitions at the World at Large', Tate Britain, 3 April 2009
For the subsequent publication of Jean Fisher's contribution to this event, please see 'The Other Story and the Past Imperfect', Tate Papers, no.12.
Part 1 – Introductions, keynote speech by Sarat Maharaj and session 1 'The Other Story: Afro-Asian artists in post-war Britain' with Jean Fisher, Sonia Boyce and Oriana Baddeley.
Part 2 – Gerardo Mosquera's paper read by Oriana Baddeley and session 2: 'Magiciens de la Terre' with Thomas Boutoux and Cuauhtémoc Medina.
Part 3 – Closing Q&A and plenary with all speakers chaired by Charles Esche.
Image credit: Neil Dawson, Globe, 1989. Musée national d'Art moderne. © the artist. Photograph: Bill Nichol