Newswise — Artist Zina Saro-Wiwa will discuss how she deploys video, food, and curation to reimagine environmentalism and navigate the relationship between self and environment in a public talk on Wed., Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, 100 Washington Square East (31 Washington Place [wheelchair accessible]). Doors open at 6 p.m. 

Saro-Wiwa, a British-Nigerian artist, will be in conversation with Liberal Studies Clinical Professor Jessamyn Hatcher.

The event, part of the Liberal Studies Global Lecture Series, is free and open to the public; registration is required at; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call 212.998.2324.

Saro-Wiwa is based in Brooklyn, but also works in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Saro-Wiwa’s interest lies in mapping emotional landscapes, often exploring highly personal experiences, carefully recording their choreography, making tangible the space between internal experience and outward performance as well as bringing cross-cultural, environmental, and geographic considerations to bear on these articulations. Formerly a BBC journalist, Saro-Wiwa has had exhibitions and screenings at the Montreal Museum, Prospect New Orleans Triennale, Bamako Biennale, Tate Britain, the Walther Collection, the Krannert Museum, the Blaffer Museum, the Arles Photo-Festival, the Brooklyn Museum, the Menil Collection, and the Pulitzer Foundation, among other venues. 

A contributor to the New York Times’ “Op-docs” series, she has had documentary work featured at film festivals around the globe; her “This Is My Africa” aired on HBO. Named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Global Thinkers of 2016,” Saro-Wiwa was Artist-in-Residence at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2016-2017 and, in April 2017, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts. 

To learn more about this year’s Liberal Studies Global Lecture, visit the event page.

Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street). 

About Liberal Studies at NYU and the Global Lecture Series

Liberal Studies at NYU is recognized for its innovative, global liberal arts curriculum, experiential learning and small, seminar-style classes. It offers the best of both worlds: a small college experience nestled within a large urban research university. Liberal Studies has the second largest entering first year undergraduate class each year at NYU. Its classrooms are small; its presence is large and far-reaching. The Global Lecture Series is a signature Liberal Studies event that brings an internationally renowned speaker to Washington Square campus each academic year to encourage interdisciplinary, inspiring work across borders.


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