Olivia Laing: Art is Political (2020 Event)

Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency is more than just a collection of Olivia Laing’s essays over decades. Ranging from interviews and profiles to reflections and confessionals, Laing’s characteristic generosity of spirit and optimism of purpose inspires hope in the midst of the unsettling weather of the present emergency.

But this book is also a manifesto for the power, the value and the need for art: ‘Art is… political in the sense of being available as a tool for protest and activism… but it’s also political in that it continually offers new perspectives, new ways of seeing, other consciousnesses with which to view reality.’

With Fiona Bradley, Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Laing unpacks our political, emotional and creative selves in this event recorded live at the 2020 Book Festival, drawing us in to her career-spanning conversations with art, with artists, and with herself.

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