American Export is a programme of workshops, talks, film, performance and visual art at The University of Westminster and sites across Birmingham city centre exploring the ubiquity of American culture via post colonial and transatlantic prisms. Featuring new work by artists Jen Liu, Hetain Patel, Emma Smith and Tito & Tita, American Export highlights the impact of American cultural and economic ideas on Britain, China and the Philippines.
Within the context of three countries that have a distinct relationship with the culture of America, featured artists, invited speakers and participants offer a range of perspectives exploring the influence of American culture on modes of industrial production, economic policy, cultural representation and identity formation. Collectively their work unpacks the complexity and impact of social, political and economic relationships from international frames of reference.
American Export is curated by Christina Millare and developed with support from The Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: 17/ 03/ 2020
Due to circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak Art, Film, Toys at Regent St Cinema, London and A Tall Tale by Tito & Tita at Thinktank Planetarium, Birmingham are cancelled. All ticket holders for Art, Film, Toys will be refunded. Please contact Regent St Cinema for further details: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/contact-us/
While this is an unfortunate conclusion to American Export, cancelling these last two events is a necessary step in light of recent developments surrounding the outbreak. The safety of audiences, artists and participants as ever is paramount!
A massive thank you to all of the artists, participants, partner organisations and host venues involved. Your unique insight has shaped American Export in such nuanced and exciting ways and I can’t wait to see how your projects continue to develop in new forms beyond this programme.
A final note for everyone! As many of us now begin to self isolate, lets not forget to show solidarity with our neighbours. Let us all continue to do our best in helping each other where we can by making good choices and being kind!
Christina Millare, Curator - American Export