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Janetka Platun

Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence, 2016-17

School of Geography and School of English and Drama

Janetka Platun works in disparate locations and with diverse communities. Her art challenges orthodox ideas about people, places and the status quo by igniting dynamic creative interventions. Her aim is to create projects that pose questions about our existential and moral relationship to our surroundings. The themes that run through her art are our collective search for belonging, transient concepts of home and how we deal with loss.

For her residency at Queen Mary, Platun worked in collaboration with the Schools of Geography, and English and Drama. Platun produced a collaborative filmic and sculptural project called Globe, which explores questions of home and migration in east London, challenging perceptions of home territory and geographical boundaries. Globe relates to the local and the global, questioning ideas of who falls ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, ‘them’ and ‘us’. She also lectured on the role of art projects within social contexts outside the cultural spaces normally reserved for the arts.

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Globe project

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Janetka Platun - Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence

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