Part of the ICA’s popular ‘Culture Now’ series.
For decades John Berger has been an inspiration across artistic genres and through his deeply humanist political interventions. Poet, painter, novelist, essayist, philosopher, astute observer of everyday life – he has been an inspiration to so many in a multitude of ways. To celebrate his 90th birthday, Yasmin Gunaratnam and Tessa McWatt discuss Berger’s work and the cross-cultural essays published in A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger (Zed Books, 2016) – a birthday gift to Berger from some of his closest friends and artistic collaborators around the world.
Yasmin Gunaratnam is a reader in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and co-edited A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger for Zed Books. She has written widely on areas ranging from culture, gender, and race to migrant experiences and debates around representation. Her previous books include Death and the Migrant (2013). Yasmin tweets at @YasminGun.
Tessa McWatt is a novelist and Reader in Creative Writing at the University of East London, and contributed to A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger.
Tom Overton catalogued John Berger’s archive at the British Library, and edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists and Landscapes: John Berger on Art for Verso. He’s curated exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery and Somerset House, and is writing two books for Allen Lane: on archives and migration, and Berger’s biography. Tom tweets at @tw_overton, and collects his journalism at overton.tw.
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