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KQ Virtual Private View: Brunei Gallery’s Embodied Liberation

25 06 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tickets for this event are available through Eventbrite here.


Join the Knowledge Quarter for our online event series; Virtual Private Views. While we have to take a break from our in-person private views, we are working with curators to bring the KQ’s cultural offering to the digital realm! Join us at 3pm on Wednesday 06 May for an online experience brought to you by SOAS’ Brunei Gallery.

The exhibition, Embodied Liberation, will lead the audience through different chronological periods of yoga’s history using a variety of visual and interactive mediums which derive from the diverse methodological approaches used by the research team. Handwritten Sanskrit manuscripts, which are fascinating samples of the principal textual discoveries of the project, will be on display. A vivid Mughal painting of pre-modern asceticism will be contrasted with photographs and video material sourced during extensive ethnographic fieldwork of present-day ascetic practitioners in India, including very rare examples of female practitioners.


This event will be presented by the curators of the exhibition, Daniela Bevilacqua and Jacqueline Hargreaves.

About Daniela Bevilacqua: Daniela is a South-Asianist who uses ethnographic and historical methodologies to dig into religious issues of Indian culture. She received her PhD in Civilizations of Africa and Asia from Sapienza University of Rome. She is now a Post-Doc Research Fellow at SOAS, working for the ERC funded Hatha Yoga Project. Her role in the project is to collect, through fieldwork, historical evidence of yoga practice and ethnographic data among living ascetic practitioners of yoga.

About Jacqueline Hargreaves: Jacqueline is an Engineer and Yoga Teacher who researches how historical yoga practices are applied in the modern world. She is the curator of the ‘Embodied Liberation’ exhibition at the Brunei Gallery. Jacqueline is a founding member of the Journal of Yoga Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal, and the founder of The Luminescent, an independent open-access educational platform for the scholarly study of yoga.


Our Virtual Events: 

The KQ’s virtual events will take place via Zoom. You do not need to download Zoom software in order to participate – there is a web browser version which works perfectly well. Once you have signed up via Eventbrite you will receive a link by email the day before the event. If you have any questions please get in touch with the KQ events team: Bhav or Jemima.


About SOAS’s Brunei Gallery:

The Brunei Gallery hosts a programme of changing contemporary and historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Gallery’s aim is to present and promote cultures from these regions and to be a student resource and public facility.

The Brunei Gallery is located on Russell Square opposite the main entrance to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies). With the permanent displays in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery and the Japanese Roof Garden, The Brunei Gallery makes a stimulating haven in the heart of London.

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