(BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY
Thurs 19 April - Sunday 20 May
Preview event: Sat 21 Apr 6-9pm with live performances by Imani Robinson and Jacob V Joyce
As part of Glasgow International 2018 Supported Programme
Halima Haruna, Jacob V Joyce, Christopher Kirubi, Mayfly Mutyambizi, Rabz Lansiquot & Imani Robinson.
sorryyoufeeluncomfortable is a London-based collective that creates intentional spaces for deep study, conversation and multi-disciplinary art-making.
(BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY? includes multi-disciplinary work from 6 Black artists, writers and makers: Christopher Kirubi, Halima Haruna, Rabz Lansiquot, Mayfly Mutyambizi, Imani Robinson & Jacob V Joyce. Artists will respond in lose or direct ways to the title question, for example, they may invert the question in order to ask: “What is white supremacy doing to you?”, or they may suggest that as Black artists, to make work of any subject matter, or of none at all, is to resist, to survive and to “do something”. The title (BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY? acts both as a refusal (you come here expecting me to tell you what to do, but I only show you my art and make you see what you already know) and an acknowledgement that we are forced to share our lives with white supremacy. The question looms and it persists... the question is tiresome... the question is discomforting.
The static exhibition will be supported by a programme of conversations, workshops and performances, exploring how these questions and provocations manifest in our lives and in our work. The programme will include the second iteration of SYFU’s Black Film, British Cinema programme of shorts, and a conversation with SYFU Founder and Mentor, artist Barby Asante about her project Baldwin’s Nigger: Reloaded.
A Note on Curation
SYFU take pride in working in an artist-led, deeply collaborative way. Collective members Imani Robinson and Rabz Lansiquot will lead on the curation of this exhibition, doing our utmost to ensure that the works are able to stand alone, and that they are also in conversation with each other, creating an exhibition that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Full events programme is available at www.manystudios.co.uk/syfuevents
sorryyoufeeluncomfortable is a collective of thinkers and makers based in London. Formed out of the 2014 project Baldwin's Nigger Reloaded, initiated by artist Barby Asante and curator Teresa Cisneros, SYFU has presented work at ICA, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, Wellcome Collection, Tate Exchange, The Showroom and Iniva in London, as well as BALTIC (Newcastle), KVS (Brussels), Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham) and Framer Framed (Amsterdam).
Rabz Lansiquot is a filmmaker, programmer & DJ. Her work is informed by Black liberatory thought, Black queer studies, and lived experience, seeking to highlight the nuances of marginalised experience, and move beyond representation, to liberation.
Imani Robinson is an organiser, writer and curator. Her work focuses on resistance, liberation and Blackness in the aesthetic, poetic, material, psychological and philosophical realms. Imani works to build radical consciousness through art, popular education and dialogue and is currently completing an MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, UoL.
Thursday 19 April
14:00 - 16:30
On Translation: Seminar w. Halima Haruna
ON TRANSLATION - learning to become untranslatable, becoming the lacuna (the gap), to be beyond translation
the heft is not ‘translatability’ as in ‘replaceability’, but in being unknown, not being replaceable / commensurable with another
to resist translation is to resist being subsumed into the processes and logics of racialisation and capitalist exploitation.
to remain not as the Other in relation to a separate body, but to be internal/opaque, to look inside, to avert the gaze inwards…
a manual based directly on the personally transcribed script of an Act of Xala. A method of appropriating methods of ‘becoming untranslatable’ whilst being a world that demands translatability from me.
this manual will be based a series of instructions for bodily movement that in themselves will resist translation.
goal of the exercise:
how to use the performative which is frequently linked with forms of exposing injustices; we hope to turn the performance into an instrument of concealment by inscribing the methods within the film.
Join us for an 45 min excerpt of Ousmane Sembene's film Xala, followed by a collective performance and a roundtable discussion.
Friday 20 April
SYFU collective at Many Studios: Artists Roundtable
Artists Roundtable will invite our audience to listen in to a conversation between the exhibiting artists for sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective's residency at The Gallow Gate at Many Studios: (BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY?
Artists will fluidly discuss their practices and the work in the exhibition, as well as themes and connections present in the show and the wider SYFU programming.
Saturday 21 April
Queering the Black Atlantic | Reading Group
Queering the Black Atlantic is a themed reading group and interactive workshop.
sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective will host a collective study of excerpts from the work of Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Hortense Spillers and Saidiya Hartman. Participants will read each excerpt together and discuss the themes and connections between them and their relevance for our everyday lives.
This reading group is free and open to all. There is no need to have read any of the selected works, and excerpts of the readings will be provided on the day.
Saturday 21 April
Preview Event with live performances
The preview of (BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY will include performances by Imani Robinson and Jacob V Joyce.
Sunday 22 April
16:00 - 18:00
Black British Shorts: curated screening + performance
sorryyoufeeluncomfortable present a screening of Black British shorts by emerging artists. To what extent can the work of Black filmmakers contribute to the wider movement for freedom? Is representation enough? How can visual media contribute to contemporary narratives of emancipation?
The screening will include a performance lecture choreographed by Halima Haruna + Imani Robinson.
Join SYFU members Rabz Lansiquot + Imani Robinson for a post show Q&A to discuss moving beyond representation, towards liberation in Black film + performance.
The first iteration of Black British Shorts was commissioned by Carey Robinson at the ICA as part of the 2017 Black Film British Cinema Conference in collaboration with Goldsmiths College.
The Gallow Gate, Many Studios
3 Ross Street
Glasgow G1 5AR
Thu 19 April – Mon 7 May
Wed – Sun, 12noon – 5pm
The exhibition will continue:
Thurs 10 – Sun 20 May
Thurs – Sun, 12noon – 5pm