A discussion about bravery, passion and the black body in performance with Topher Campbell and Bonnie Greer OBE - featuring a special screening of Campbell's raw and personal film FETISH.
Inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat, Black Lives Matter and afro-futurism, FETISH explores masculinity, violence, sexuality, vulnerability and power. Through the simple act of walking Topher gives a powerful performance evoking questions about the permission and transgression of the black male body in urban spaces.
FETISH is accompanied by an original soundtrack by 2014 Mercury Prize and 2018 Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Young Fathers. Please note that this film contains nudity. Event suitable for ages 18+
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Topher Campbell is an artist who works in film, theatre and the written word
Bonnie Greer OBE is an American-British playwright, novelist and critic
Topher Campbell's 20+ year output spans broadcasting, theatre, performance, writing, experimental film and site specific work. His focus has been on sexuality, masculinity, race, human rights, memoir and climate change.
In 2005 he was awarded the Jerwood Directors Award and was nominated for the 2011 What’s On Stage Theatre Event of the Year Award. In 2017 he was Longlisted for the inaugural Spread the Word Life Writing Prize for his forthcoming memoir Battyman.
In 2000 he co-founded rukus! Federation a Black Queer arts collective with photographer Ajamu X. Topher has been committed to preserving and collecting QTIPOC history and culture in the UK through groundbreaking projects and interventions.
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Images, from top: 1,3,4) Topher Campbell, FETISH, film still. 2) Entrance to Rivington Place. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell.