Since the Second World War, collage has provided artists working in Britain with a complex and critical mode of creative practice.

From the fractured aesthetics of brutalism and the borrowed motifs of  Pop to the countercultural graphics of punk and the subversive ephemera of feminist collectives and the layered poetics of self-exile and transnational identity, collage has offered a vital means to repurpose the visual and textual materials of a common culture.

At key moments of socio-political struggle, collage has been mobilised to suggest alternative viewpoints, to dismantle dominant narratives, and to offer searing and satirical forms of critique.

The conference Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1945 to Now locates collage at the vanguard of artistic production. It poses new questions about the materialities and technologies of collage, as well as the methodologies and historiographies through which we encounter it today.

– Excerpt from Tate’s press release

Danae Filioti, PhD candidate at University College London, will give share a paper on Liliane Lijn’s collage Inner Space Outer Space (1969), arguing her use of the “deskilled” format of paper-collage was nonetheless rooted in her earlier innovative and mechanical practice.

More information about the conference here.