Online Discussion: 'We Will Walk': Black Art, Radical Transformation
This live online discussion convened by legal expert and scholar Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones brings together five artists and thinkers to address issues related to Black art and radical transformation. Discussion Participants are: Eddie Bruce-Jones, Barby Asante, Rabz Lansiquot, Imani Robinson and Kojo Koram.
‘We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South’ is an exhibition that speaks intimately to the creative practice and vision of Black Americans during the 20th Century. Art and visionary thinking have a central role to play in imagining a future; law and concepts of justice also have a crucial position. This event brings together five Black thinkers who will use the ‘We Will Walk’ exhibition as a starting point to discuss Black lives, Black futures and the role of creative vision in the long movement towards radical social transformation.
Barby Asante is a London based artist, curator, educator and occasional DJ. Her work is concerned with the politics of place, space, memory and the histories and legacies of colonialism. Asante’s work is collaborative, performative and dialogic, often working with groups of people as contributors, collaborators or co researchers.
Eddie Bruce-Jones is Deputy Dean of Birkbeck School of Law, University of London, where he is a Reader in Law & Anthropology. His work examines migration, racism, sexuality, colonialism, state violence and citizenship. Bruce-Jones prepared the timeline installation for the ‘We Will Walk’ exhibition at Turner Contemporary (curated by Hannah Collins and Paul Goodwin), alongside Kelly Foster and Fleur Sumpter.
Rabz Lansiquot is a filmmaker, programmer, curator and DJ. They were a leading member of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU) collective from its inception in 2014 and now work alongside Imani Robinson as the curatorial and artistic duo Languid Hands, who are the Cubitt Curatorial Fellows for 2020-21.
Imani Robinson is a London-based writer, live art practitioner, plant lover, prison abolitionist and member of curatorial and artistic duo Languid Hands. They completed their MA in Forensic Architecture at the Centre for Research Architecture in 2019 and will begin a Study Residency at LADA in 2020.
Kojo Koram is a Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. Alongside his academic work, Kojo has also written for publications as varied as the Guardian, the Nation, Dissent, Huffington Post and Critical Legal Thinking. He is editor of the collection The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line, published in 2019 by Pluto Press.