About Us Professor Stuart Hall What We Do LibraryNews Conversations Contact Us Support Us Donate

Skin Deep

Skin Deep’s multimedia project is based around a print publication, live events and interactive digital exhibition that responds to the theme: MOVEMENT(S). Through original nonfiction, fiction, poetry, artwork and illustration Skin Deep will invite the contributors to think about, through and around the political journeys of black and brown activists.

The legacies and histories of black and brown activism for Skin Deep goes beyond the task of chronologically archiving movements. They want to create something that is about non-linear connections across generations, and think it is critical to build on the roots laid down before us, whilst simultaneously creating new routes, maps, movement(s) and pathways. The roots they are trying to cultivate grow above ground. They make visible what was previously hidden and less understood.

Skin Deep will commission original nonfiction work, personal stories, interviews and intergenerational conversations between activists in the UK. Movement(s), through time and between people, will become a way for us to map the pathways and journeys taken by our parents, grandparents and ancestors to help us arrive at and navigate the present moment. 

About Skin Deep

Skin Deep is a London-based multimedia platform that amplifies voices of colour through the discussion of race and culture, inspiring much needed conversations around themes that are usually misrepresented or depoliticised by the mainstream media.

Skin Deep are curating a space through an online platform, print publication and live events in which a diverse range of heritages, tastes, styles, stories, sounds, traditions and imaginings can be explored both creatively and politically.

Skin Deep wants the stories of people of colour to be told by people of colour, and for their audience to understand that race and identity is political, complex and multifaceted. The collective works with musicians, writers, artists and creatives to share their work, collaborate, and to produce original, innovative and thought-provoking content which is fresh, accessible, and doesn’t compromise on their values: prioritising the lives, narratives and aesthetics of people of colour.