Ripping Into Colonial Monuments

Mon 16 Nov 2020 6 - 7:30pm (GMT)


About the wORKSHOP

Galvanized by the Black Lives Matter movement, a number of collective actions this year have sought to identify, dismantle, and remove colonial statues. This workshop is a meeting point for reflection and radical action, exploring how art production can be another means to ‘destroy’ these symbols of Western imperial power.

In a conversation facilitated by Delphine Sims and Haley Moyse Fenning, California-based artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle will discuss the idolisation of colonial monuments before diving into a hands-on collage workshop. Participants will be encouraged to cut, paste, draw, paint and juxtapose imagery of colonial statuary, reimagining how this history can be represented – and reclaimed.


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How to join this event

This event will take place online only. After booking a ticket, you’ll receive a printable PDF of images. Please print these out before the workshop, and bring them with you along with scissors, paper, tape/glue and any other art materials you’d like to use.

Don’t have access to a printer? If you’re in the UK, we have a small number of free pre-printed packs for posting – just let us know if you need one when you book your ticket. The last date we can mail pre-printed packs is Monday 9 November.

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Here’s how to join us on zoom for the workshop:

1) Book a free ticket on this webpage, through Eventbrite, or the Facebook event. If you would like to make a donation to support Autograph’s arts and learning programmes (we’re a registered charity), you can do this when you book your ticket. If you have any accessibility needs you would like us to be aware of, you can tell us on the booking form.

2) We'll send you an email confirmation of your booking, and another email with a PDF of images to print out.

3) This online event will use Zoom. For the best experience, we recommend using the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device. You can download the free software here. Or, you can access the event through your web browser without a download.

4) On the day of the event, we’ll send you a welcome email with a link to the event on Zoom. You will be able to join for the start of the event at 6pm (GMT).

5) We will encourage participants to have their cameras switched on, to create a more personal experience. The event will not be recorded or shared publicly.

If you have any questions, we’re here to help! Please get in touch.


Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, and performer. Her practice fluctuates between collaborations and participatory projects with alternative gallery spaces within various communities to projects that are intimate and based upon her private experiences in relationship to historical events and contexts. A term that has become a mantra for her practice is the "Historical Present," as she examines the residue of history and how it affects our contemporary world perspective.

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Her artwork and experimental writing has been exhibited and performed at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Project Row Houses, The Hammer Museum, The Museum of Art at The University of New Hampshire, SFMOMA, The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and Páramo Galeria, Guadalajara, Mexico. Hinkle’s work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Artforum, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

She is also the recipient of several awards including The Cultural Center for Innovation’s Investing in Artists Grant, Social Practice in Art (SPart-LA), Jacob K Javits Fellowship for Graduate Study, The Fulbright Fellowship, and The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artists Award and the SFMOMA SECA AWARD 2019. She has artworks in the private collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Art at The University of New Hampshire, and SFMOMA. Her writing has appeared in Not That But This, Obsidian Journal, Films for the Feminist Classroom, and Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics. She is the author of Kentifrications: Convergent Truths & Realities (2018) published by Sming Sming Books & Occidental College and SIR (2019) published by Litmus Press.


Delphine Sims and Haley Moyse Fenning are two friends and an aspiring transnational collective committed to engaging diverse publics with vital, innovative ideas from contemporary artists. Our collective is built on an interdisciplinary framework underwritten by Black feminist theory, critical race studies, histories of art and visual culture, disabilities studies, decolonisation, and museum studies. @smiledelphine @haleyemf

Delphine is a curator and scholar based in San Francisco’s Bay Area. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley where she researches the ways in which race, gender, geography, and urbanity redefine landscape photography. Her dissertation focuses on these themes in the work of artists Carrie Mae Weems, Nona Faustine, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Xaviera Simmons. Most recently, Delphine co-organized the exhibition About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging (2019) at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) and she previously held positions in the photography departments of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA).

Haley is a cultural producer and educator based in Brighton, England. She credits an encounter with the work of Rashid Johnson for her passion for the contemporary visual arts and decision to return to graduate school for her MA in Art History and Museum Curating (University of Sussex, 2019). Since then, she has worked directly on a number of high-profile public programmes including bridge-s by Solange with Gerard & Kelly and Art as Transformation: Photography for Social Change with LaToya Ruby Frazier at J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Haley was recently selected for a CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership with Towner Eastbourne.

Delphine Sims

Haley Moyse Fenning


Can participants outside of the UK join this event?
Yes! This is an online event and everyone is welcome to join us, from any location. However, we can only post pre-printed image packs to UK addresses.

Will the event be recorded?

Will I be visible on screen?
We will invite participants to have their cameras on for this workshop, to create a more intimate experience, however you are welcome to keep your camera turned off if you prefer.


Can you spare a few moments? Autograph is carrying out a survey to better understand who our digital audiences are. The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Anything you tell us will be kept confidential, is anonymous and will only be used for research purposes.

The information you provide will be held by Autograph and The Audience Agency, who are running the survey on our behalf. In compliance with GDPR, your data will be stored securely and will only be used for the purposes it was given. You can take the survey here. Thank you!

Part of Autograph's 2020 Open Call

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. This event is a result of our 2020 Open Call.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Images, from top: 1) Ma:Mum, 2019, THEY Series, Courtesy of KACH Studio. 2) Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle. 3) Delphine Sims, photograph by Cassandra Barragan. 4) Haley Moyse Fenning.