2021 – Itinerant Imaginaries Seminar Series in association with the British Art Network and CREAM:
Nydia A. Swaby is a Black feminist researcher, writer, and curator based between London and Accra. Her practice engages archives, ethnography, photography, film, and the imagination to explore the gendered and diasporic dimensions of Black being and becoming. Nydia is an editor of Feminist Review and co-edited a recent issue on Archives (July 2020). She was Curator of Learning at the Institute for Contemporary Arts and is a forthcoming Caird Research Fellow jointly based at UCL’s Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery and the National Maritime Museum. Nydia is currently writing a speculative biography about Pan-African feminist Amy Ashwood Garvey that uses her archive, life, and activism to ask broader questions about the futurity of Black feminist archives and archival research (Lawrence Wishart, Summer 2022).
Ra Malika Imhotep is a Black feminist writer and performance artist from Atlanta, Georgia currently pursuing a PhD in African Diaspora Studies and New Studies from the University of California. As a scholar and cultural worker, Ra is invested in exploring relationships between queer Black femininities, Black vernacular cultures, and the performance of labor. As a steward of Black Studies and Black feminist thought, Ra dreams, organizes, and facilitates spaces of critical reflection and embodied spiritual-political education through The Church of Black feminist Thought and other collaborations. Ra is co-author of The Black Feminist Study Theory Atlas and author of gossypiin (Red Hen Press, Spring 2022).
Barby Asante is an artist, curator, educator and healer in training. Her practice is concerned the politics of place, space and the ever-present histories and legacies of slavery and colonialism. With a deep interest in African cosmology, black feminist and decolonial methodologies, her work explores memory and archival injustice through re-collecting, collating, excavating and mapping narratives, through collective writing, re-enactment and creating spaces for transformation, ritual and healing. Barby’s projects are durational often, lasting for many years and presented as different iterations in different contexts. Embedded within these works are notions of collective study, countless ways of knowing and dialogical practices that embrace being together and breathing together.
Nathalie Mba Bikoro is lecturer in Curating Black Visual Cultures & Philosophy at TransArt Institute New York & Fine Arts practice at the University of Liverpool, artistic & curatorial supervisor of the Artists in Training Programme at the UdK and the University of Bergen Norway. Her work analyses processes of power & science fictions in historical archives critically engaging in migrational struggles & colonial memory focusing on queer indigenous and feminist biopolitics. Sedimented in narratives of testimonial Black queer experiences of sonic nature archives, revolt, queering ecologies and postcolonial feminist experiences towards new monuments which reacts to the different tones of societies shared between delusions & ritual. She has developed frameworks of rituals and healing in performance work that often reveal the entangled colonial histories of migration at site-specific spaces to dismantle prejudices and organise accessible levels of consciousness through testimonial archives of local communities to build independent emancipatory tools for liberation, education, consciousness, intimacy and healing.
2018 – Film Screening (Regent Street Cinema) and Creating Interference launch event, University of Westminster, London.
We are also joined by some great UoW doctoral researchers and students who provided vital assistance for the two days: Jol Thomson PhD CREAM researcher and caucus member who technically assisted with the symposium and edited the films for Regent Street. Nina Oyens and Robert Brook took care of documenting the event – filming, photographing and audio recording. Jerimiah Fernandes and Jemimah Nyarkoa helped with registration for both days.