To accompany The Singh Twins’ major new exhibition Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins at the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and the University of Liverpool School of Histories, Languages and Cultures are hosting a one-day conference, open to the public to explore the issues raised by The Twins’ new artworks. This conference, on 17 March 2018, will bring together artists, academics, activists and the general public to consider how artworks can reveal hidden histories that remain relevant today. Using the exhibition of artworks as a starting point, it aims to encourage reflection on how abuses of the past associated with the creation of trade and a luxury consumer lifestyle, are still present in the twenty-first century. Confirmed speakers are The Singh Twins, Professor Kate Marsh (University of Liverpool), Zachary Kingdon (curator of the Africa collections, World Museum, National Museums Liverpool) and Rob Harrison (founder of the Ethical Consumer Organisation). The conference will begin at 10.30 a.m. with a guided tour of the exhibition by The Singh Twins. Following lunch, the afternoon will include three talks:
- A discussion of the exhibition from a historical perspective with Professor Kate Marsh.
- A curatorial talk by Dr Zachary Kingdon, National Museums Liverpool.
- A talk addressing the ethical issues associated with consumer culture today by Dr Joanna Long, Ethical Consumer Organisation.