Couldn’t join us for this conversation among socially engaged artists? Watch it back here.
Artists and activists have always played a fundamental role in transformative social change. With the Covid-19 pandemic emphasising global inequalities and exposing the violent systems that uphold them, we turned to socially engaged artists, or artivists, to provide a language for these challenging times and to illuminate the ways forward.
Watch back the conversation from the event, where we asked: dhiiga kuma dhaqaaqo? Does your blood not move? We asked this question with reference to the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, in the face of injustice and in commune with each other - to emphasise the importance of community and building strength from and with each other.
Over the course of the event, you will hear from Nandini Moitra (India), Elsie Ayotunde Cullen (Nigeria/UK) and Anthem Republiq (Kenya) as they share their practice and explore the ways we can collaborate and collectively create transnational solidarity among artivists.
Anthem Republiq (he/him) is a spoken word artist, a rapper and an actor who uses his art for social change. He is a community leader, an environmentalist and the co-founder of Sanaa Center, a safe space for creatives based in Mathare (the second largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya). Follow him on Instagram @anthem_republiq
Elsie Ayotunde Cullen (she/her) is an ICU nurse, currently studying for a Masters at LSE in Health & International Development. She is also an illustrator and community wellbeing advocate. With over 10 years’ experience in the creative industries, Elsie’s career has spanned across various disciplines from dance, to fine art and music. Follow her on Instagram @ayosartofgiving
Nandini Moitra (they/them) is a trans, non-binary artist living and residing in Kolkata, India. Their work explores queer politics through mythology, stories and food. They are the founder and co-director of Amra Odbhuth, a trans and queer art space in the city. Most recently Nandini has co- exhibited their work in the ORT Gallery, Birmingham, in collaboration with a project for the England Arts Council and Chicago Art Book Fair. Nandini is part of the South Asian art collective Kadak where they have collaborated with Upasana Agarwal on a story for their Anthology, Bystander. Follow them on Instagram @nandini.moitra
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Each year, Autograph has an Open Call for event proposals from emerging cultural producers who are working on a new or early stage project. For successful applicants, Autograph provides a budget, curatorial fee, and support to help make the event happen. We're proud that Art Futures Dream Tank is a result of our 2020 Open Call.