Agents of Provocation: Art + Subculture

What can the gallery space do for real-world activism? 

20 Mar 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ace Hotel
100 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6JQ
United Kingdom


These talks look at the process of conceiving and constructing large-scale exhibitions via the opinions of some of the most influential curators, historians, producers and designers.

Agents of Provocation: Art + Subculture

What can the gallery space do for real-world activism and breaking down our remaining taboos? 

Can exhibitions light the touchpaper of genuine social change?

Which exhibitions have truly ignited a positive shift?

Via the lens of three extraordinary speakers working in and around the fields of LGBT rights and queer culture, science, sex, medicine, fashion and music, this talk reviews exhibitions that explore countercultural undercurrents. We’ll be probing below the mainstream gaze to examine the maverick movements, rebels, outliers and alternative schools of thought or action that engage, challenge and forge change. 


Curator & Talks Host

Katie Baron is a London-based author, journalist, brand strategist and futurist with extensive experience within the fashion, retail and design industries. A recognised force in futurism she is also the global Head of Retail (Trends, Insights & Innovations) at She is a regular contributor to and, a founding member of LCF’s future-scoping think-tank Digital Anthropology Lab and is the author of two books on visual culture - Stylists: New Fashion Visionaries and Fashion + Music: Fashion Creatives Shaping Pop Culture. 


E-J Scott is a curator, fashion & dress historian, researcher, academic and cultural producer. His work focusses on using historic collections to tackle societal misconceptions of marginalised and misrepresented communities, harnessing the social agency of museums to create broader positive social change.

His ground breaking exhibition the Museum of Transology showcases the world’s largest collection of objects donated by trans people, combatting the spectacularization of their lives and bodies. Launched at the London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery (2016), its further success at the Royal Pavilion’s Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has recently seen the exhibition extended for the third year running. He discusses his ideas surrounding gender with Grayson Perry in the series Born Risky. He will produce Queer & Now again at Tate Britain for summer 2019, after his 2018 programme attracted over 10,000 visitors. Amalgamating the work of artists, activists and academics, Queer & Now blurs the boundaries between living and forgotten history by occupying the gaps in national collections that have traditionally erased queer lives and love.

Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz is a curator based in London – she is currently Exhibitions Curator at the Wellcome Collection where she has curated a range of exhibitions looking at the intersections between art, health and identity including ‘This is a voice', 'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’, 'Ayurvedic Man’ and 'Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies'.

Bárbara has curated projects in the UK and internationally including Bonnie Camplin: The Military Industrial Complex (South London Gallery); Latifa Laâbissi, Écran Somnambule (Freud Museum, London); Inanimate Beings (Casa Encendida, Madrid); Hauntologies: John Akomfrah (Carroll Fletcher London); nervous systems (Kunsthal Aarhus); and The Cipher and the Frame (Cubitt, London). As a writer, she has contributed to Afterall, Concreta, MARG and Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. She holds a Master in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London funded by Fundación Botín.

Tory Turk is an independent exhibition curator, specialising in style and popular culture and she has been working with HYMAG - formerly The Hyman Archive - since 2011, where she is currently Creative Lead. 

In 2018 Tory curated ‘Super Sharp’ at The Fashion Space Gallery and ‘Super Sharp Reloaded’ at Selfridges. She is the curator of ‘Visible Girls Revisited’, an exhibition that has been travelling the UK since 2017. Other projects include ‘The Jam: About The Young Idea’ at Somerset House, ‘MAGsculinity’ at The Southbank Centre and ‘Legends of the Martini’ at the Royal Academy. 

As well as exhibition work, she has managed large-scale archive projects for session hair-stylist Sam McKnight and makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and headed up the picture research and image clearance for several books including ‘Hair by Sam McKnight’, Val Garland’s ‘VALIDATED’ and ‘Nailed It’ by Marian Newman. She currently lectures on the Fashion Interfaces Course at The London College of Fashion.


EXHIBITIONism is a talk series looking at the process of conceiving and constructing large-scale exhibitions via the opinions of some of the most influential curators, historians, producers and designers.

Talks can be booked individually or if you want to attend the three remaining talks please select the 'Series Pass' for £37.50.

20 March - Agents of Provocation: Art + Subculture

10 April - Exhibition Design: Creating a Narrative

22 May - Future of the Exhibition: Digital, Sensorial, Immersive


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Image: Provided by Tory Turk. (c) Katy Davies_Super Sharp at Fashion Space Gallery


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