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In Digital Exile: Narrating urban histories
Rachel Lee, Mareike Hetschold and Laura Karp Lugo
Friday, Oct 22 2021. 4:00pm.
Live Stream: https://youtube.com/BLiSCIndia
Metromod (https://metromod.net/) marks out a unique and unconventional map of life and work in exile metropolises in the first half of the 20th century: New York, Buenos Aires, London, Istanbul, Bombay (now Mumbai) and Shanghai. The project refers to urban topographies, inner-city districts, outlying suburbs and streets, to places where interactions took place, but also to the venues used for exhibitions and collaborative projects. It refers to urban topographies, inner-city districts, outlying suburbs and streets, to places where interactions took place, but also to the venues used for exhibitions and collaborative projects. Urban locations were of particular importance not only for communicating, forming networks and formulating theories; they were also stations on the diverse paths of exile. Metromod focuses on six metropolitan destinations for refugee European artists between 1900 and 1950, when wars and dictatorships, violence and oppression forced thousands of artists to emigrate. These were important arrival cities or transit points for artists in modern visual arts and architecture.
Rachel Lee is an assistant professor at the TU Delft’s History of Architecture and Urban Planning Chair, and an affiliated researcher with Metromod. Her research explores the histories of colonial and postcolonial architecture and urbanism at their intersections with migration and exile, transnational practice, heritage, mobility, and gender, particularly in South Asia and East Africa.
Mareike Hetschold studied art history, literature and Italian in Munich and Venice. Since 2018 she is a doctoral researcher with the ERC project Relocating Modernism: Global Metropolises, Modern Art and Exile. Her doctoral research project deals with the visual culture in Shanghai between 1930 and 1950 in the context of exile and migration, tracing artistic practice, and urban transformations.
Laura Karp Lugo is a postdoctoral researcher at the LMU on the ERC project Relocating Modernism: Global Metropolises, Modern Art and Exile. She has a PhD in Art History from the Sorbonne University, and was awarded the Prize of the Musée d’Orsay in 2015. Within Metromod, she works on Buenos Aires as an arrival city for hundreds of European artists in the 1st half of the 20th century.
Their published work that comes together in Metromod is also available in the open access book, Arrival Cities: Migrating Artists and New Metropolitan Topographies, published by Leuven University Press in 2020.