Ian White was an artist, writer, teacher and curator, whose work with performance unsettled the distinctions between these categories. In all its modes White's work was a consistently radical, open-ended attempt to negotiate new sets of relations and to imagine forms of embodied resistance. A number of his performances were collaborations with other artists, including Emma Hedditch, Jimmy Robert, Emily Roysdon and Emily Wardill. In White's own words his work aimed 'temporarily to reflect-suspend-dismantle that with which we might otherwise be familiar, or conditioned by, by the re-conditioning or re-situating of the commonly recognisable and the terms or conventions of our encounters….The repetition of presenting these situations for an audience is insistent. That is political.' White was formerly the programmer of the Horse Hospital, London (1995-2000) and the Adjunct Film Curator of Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2001-11). Other major curatorial projects included Kinomuseum (Oberhausen Short Film Festival, 2007) and, as associate curator, The Secret Public: The last days of the British Underground 1978 -1988 (Kunstverein Munich; ICA, London; The British School at Rome Gallery). He led the LUX Associate Artists Programme (2007-13), an experimental post-graduate programme for artists working with the moving image. White performed at venues including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London; the Chisenhale Gallery, London; daadgalerie, Berlin; De Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Ian White sadly passed away on 26 October 2013. He was born in 1971 and lived in London.
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