Reading Beyond: Black Feminist Geographies

24 June 2021, 6.30-8pm

Online

'Reading Beyond' is an informal reading group and forum part of the ongoing 'Beyond Black History Month' programme in collaboration with All Black Connect's 'Between The Lines Book Club'.

Join us for these critical conversations where we will collectively discuss texts by black authors that speak to socio-political urgencies, historical, and ecological themes related to black life. The chosen writings will flow between local, national, and global contexts to catalyse new perspectives and expand on existing knowledge within the group.

For this gathering, ABC member and artist, Chantelle Fagan-Clarke has curated a selection of three texts by Scottish-Zimbabwean artist Natasha Thembiso Ruwona: The Ocean Will Always Remember; Umbilic Script For Moving Image 2020-21; and Grin: Expectations of Generosity. The texts explore Black Feminist Geographies, Ecologies, poetics of the landscape (particularly water and sea). You can watch Umbilic here.

We will be joined by Natasha who will talk about their work and join in the discussion.

Please book to receive the extracts and read the texts before attending the event. This event will be held online via Zoom. If you have any accessibility requirements for the event, please contact jade@nae.org.uk.

Free | Online via Zoom | Booking Required

All are welcome

Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

Natasha Thembiso Ruwona is a Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, researcher and programmer. They are interested in Afrofuturist storytelling through the poetics of the landscape, working across various media including digital performance, film, DJing and writing. Their current project Black Geographies, Ecologies and Spatial Practice is an exploration of space, place and the climate as related to Black identities and histories. Natasha is interested in different forms of magic and is in particular drawn to the power of the moon.

Natasha completed a curatorship for Africa in Motion Film Festival 2019 and was selected as Film Hub Scotland's New Promoter for Glasgow Short Film Festival's 2020 edition.They are a Project Coordinator for UncoverED, Assistant Producer for Claricia Parinussa, a Committee Member for Rhubaba Gallery and Studios, Board Member of the CCA Glasgow, and Assistant Curator for Fringe of Colour.

Image credit: Natasha Thembiso Ruwona, UMBILIC, video still (2020). Digital video, 14:57 mins, colour. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

For this gathering, ABC member and artist, Chantelle Fagan-Clarke has curated a selection of three texts by Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, Natasha Thembiso Ruwona: The Ocean Will Always Remember; Umbilic Script For Moving Image 2020-21; and Grin: Expectations of Generosity. The texts explore Black Feminist Geographies, Ecologies, poetics of the landscape (particularly water and sea). You can watch Umbilic here.

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