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Black Cultural Activism Map

The Stuart Hall Foundation in collaboration with black and brown artists and activists are working on a dynamic and interactive online resource mapping past and present culturally diverse arts initiatives and cultural activism in Britain.

The Black Cultural Activism Map emerged from series of intergenerational conversations held over the past couple of years with the younger generations of artists, cultural practitioners and activists who have highlighted the need to set their own initiatives and activities within a historical context and to understand how they fit into and connect with earlier generations of culturally diverse artists and intellectuals. The historic research will result in an online living archive tracing the history and currency of diverse cultural activism throughout the UK over the past 50 years.

In addition to historical research, the Foundation has commissioned two art collectives Skin Deep and Voices that Shake! to explore the remembering and reviving of black and brown activists or moments of resistance through individuals, organisations or political interventions that have been lost, hidden, erased or forgotten, or are at the risk of being lost, hidden, erased or forgotten. Each commission will be developed over a six-month period from March to August 2018 and will result in an artistic output in a form that is best suited to each collectives’ existing practice.

The theme of these commissions is Rep the Road (inspired by poet and writer Sai Murray), meaning the representation of the personal political journeys of black and brown British resistance and a repairing of the roads and legacies of communities of colour in the UK. We have asked each collective to explore some or all of the following questions:

  • How can Black Cultural Activism Map be used to embed arts collectives in the legacy of black and brown activism and resistance in the UK across the generations?
  • How can Black Cultural Activism Map highlight unsung and forgotten black and brown heroes/heroines from our communities?
  • What were the political turning points and/or revelations for the black and brown individuals, organisations? How can Black Cultural Activism Map creatively remind us of their learning and lessons?
  • How can we use the Black Cultural Activism Map as present-day interventions and solidarity efforts in anti-gentrification efforts in the communities we come from as the gentrification erases and dismantles another generation of black and brown contribution to culture and resistance?

The Black Cultural Activism Map will be launched in Autumn 2018 with a public event bringing together artists, activists, cultural practitioners to showcase the commissioned artworks and to unveil the digital platform. Further details about the event will be available on the Stuart Hall Foundation website in the upcoming weeks.

Contributors

Skin Deep
Skin Deep’s multimedia project is based around a print publication, live events and interactive digital exhibiti...
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Voices that Shake!
Voices that Shake! will deliver an hour-long multimedia performance showcase (musical oral history, storytelling...
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Tej Adeleye
Tej Adeleye
Tej Adeleye is an experienced writer, researcher, facilitator and programmer who will be researching and collati...
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Project team

Farzana Khan (Project Manager)

Farzana Khan is a cultural producer, arts educator, leader and public speaker with an experience in youth work and community development. She has committed her professional work and academic studies to issues of social justice, human rights, transformative education and environmental justice. Farzana works for Platform, an internationally renowned environmental, social justice and arts organisation, she is the co-founder of Healing Justice London, a collective working towards repairing and rebalancing harms and violence by allowing and opening space for healing, reparation and reimagining.

Ilze Rieba (Administrator)

Ilze Rieba is the Administrator at the Stuart Hall Foundation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London. Over the past ten years, Ilze has worked in various organisations and charities managing projects and organising international events.


 For further information and press enquiries, please contact Farzana Khan at farzana@stuarthallfoundation.org or Ilze Rieba at ilze@stuarthallfoundation.org

Black Cultural Activism Map has been supported with public funding from Arts Council England.