Reclaiming the Body
Thursday 28 January 2021 7-8.30pm (GMT)

The final event in this series will look at physical declarations of intent that signify the reclamation of a changed body or self. Alongside a screening of A Different Kind of Different, presentations drawing on the speakers’ specialisms and lived experiences will examine these deeply personal acts of defiance.

Speakers include internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker Mania Akbari; European tattoo historian Dr Gemma Angel; Anees Chagpar, Professor of Surgery (Oncology) at Yale School of Medicine; and John Walter, artist. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the artist, moderated by art historian, writer and curator Gemma Blackshaw.



Jordan Baseman is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London. Baseman is currently the Reader in Time Based Media, Senior Tutor and Pathway Leader in Moving Image at the Royal College of Art, London. He has a long history of creating projects in collaboration with UK-based and international, not-for-profit and public institutions, making installations, audio works and single-screen films. Jordan Baseman’s films are frequently featured in international exhibitions and film festivals.



Gemma Blackshaw is Professor of Art History at the RCA, London. An art historian, writer and curator, she has an international reputation for research on modernist portraiture and figuration. Research specialisms include: the intersection of modernism with clinical medicine; contemporary art and writings which engage with sickness; critical approaches to the medical humanities; the ‘care’ of histories, people, objects and personal effects; auto-theory; theories of sickness. Her exhibition The Body Electric, on recently discovered drawings of electrotherapy patients by an associate of Egon Schiele, opens at The Leopold Museum, Vienna in the Spring of 2021.



Mania Akbari (b. Tehran, 1974) is an internationally-acclaimed artist and filmmaker. Her provocative, revolutionary and radical films have been the subject of retrospectives across the globe. Her debut feature ’20 Fingers’ was awarded Best Film in the Digital Section of Venice Film Festival (2004). Akbari was exiled from Iran in 2014 and now lives and works in London, a theme addressed in ‘Life May Be’ (2014), co-directed with Mark Cousins. Akbari’s latest film ‘A Moon For My Father’, made in collaboration with British artist Douglas White, premiered at CPH:DOX where it won the NEW:VISION Award 2019.



Gemma Angel is an interdisciplinary scholar specialising in the history and anthropology of the European tattoo. She has also previously trained as a tattooist. Gemma is currently Programme Director for the MA/MSc in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester School of Museum Studies.



Dr. Anees Chagpar is the Director of the Breast Center- Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine. She has taken on leadership positions in a myriad of professional organizations, and her clinical practice and research interests are dedicated solely to breast cancer. She participates in investigator-initiated and cooperative group clinical trials, and holds an R21 grant for clinical prediction rule development for non-sentinel node metastases in women with sentinel node positive breast cancer.



John Walter is a visual artist based in London. He graduated from BFA Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford in 2001 and MFA Painting from The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2003. Walter was awarded a PhD from The University of Westminster in 2017. His projects have been supported by Wellcome and Arts Council England. He has exhibited widely as both artist and curator, and his work is included in the collection of The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and the Arts Council Collection.



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