Creating Interference and Cream Screen present: Go Back and Get it: Seeking Sankofa

Friday 28th June 2019

The Creating Interference network, in association with CREAM, explores the resonances of the potent word Sankofa in a programme of contemporary and archival film and video works.

Cayley Room, Regent St Campus, University of Westminster 2pm – 5pm  

In the afternoon at Regent Street Campus there will be a screening and study seminar on Haile Gerima’s Sankofa (1993) with Barby Asante and Rabz Lansiquot. This event is free but please book via eventbrite: screening-and-study-seminar-tickets-63546958664

Followed by

Sankofa Whispers: Remembering, Reflecting and Reframing  at Regent Street Cinema, 6.30 – 8.30pm

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The evening at Regent Street Cinema will be a screening of contemporary films works that explore African Diasporic memory practices and knowledges, from artists Barby Asante, Halima Haruna, Onyeka Igwe and more. This will be followed by a discussion with Barby Asante, Filmmaker, curator, DJ Rabz Lansiquot and Filmmaker, researcher and educator, Judah Attille.

In the Akan language of Ghana the word Sankofa acts as an everyday instruction to ‘go back and get it’, when something has been forgotten and left behind. But it is also a powerful word to trigger memories, both personal and collective, where the past can be found in the present. It has found many interpretations in film, literature, art and song, such as LA Rebellion film-maker Haile Gerima’s 1993 film Sankofa. Featuring film works by Halima Haruna, Onyeka Igwe, Barby Asante and others, this event of films and discussion rethinks Sankofa as a social, collaborative, transformative process of interruption and disruption.

That bird is wise
It’s beak.
Back turned
For the present,
What is best from ancient eyes
Then steps forward
On ahead
To meet the future undeterred

A. Kayper. Mensah





Creating Interference is an international symposium and network of researchers, artists and critics who creatively respond to and critically engage with memories and historical narratives.

Our aim is to develop, explore and identify creative strategies to disrupt knowledge conventions and dominant discourses of the past. Creative works are seen as catalysts for change to knowledge about the past for justice and transformation in the present. To this end, we prioritise a de-colonial approach that necessitates a differently configured relationship with the past which overturns and decentres European hegemonic discourses of knowledge.

We invite you to join the network as a way to debate, develop methodologies, publish and explore a range of artistic and scholarly works that challenges, asks questions and informs. Join our mailing list to hear of future art projects, events and publishing plans.

In June 2018, we launched the Network by hosting a film screening at Regent Street Cinema. This was followed by a day long symposium: Creating Interference: making art, developing methods, re-imagining histories/memories at the University of Westminster. 

Creating Interference is in association with the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts). Creating Interference Planning Team includes Barby Asante, Melanie Keen, Roshini Kempadoo, Lucy Reynolds, Ashwani Sharma, and A’Ishah Waheed