The Showroom
Event

Cultural Anthology POSTSCRIPT & Friends on Narratives of the Black Experience

Saturday 19 October, 12PM – 2PM
180 The Strand (Entrance 2 Surrey Street, WC2R 2ND)

Cultural Anthology POSTSCRIPT & Friends on Narratives of the Black Experience through print, film, and conversation with founders Chinasa Chukwu & Elvira Vedelago, in conversation with one of their Muses, Singer Anaïs & filmmaker Remi Laudat

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POSTSCRIPT is a cultural anthology bringing together the multiplicity of perspectives of socially engaged and critical thinking women. A cross between a newspaper and an academic journal, we aim to produce inspiring and informative content reframing women of culture in contemporary conversations. The publication focuses on a single theme per issue and features in-depth articles and essays, interviews and contributions from inspiring modern women. Released bi-annually, readers can expect to find topics relating to art and culture, alongside editorials and original works of artistic expression.

Anaïs is a inger-songwriter who combines soulful vibes and dreamy pop. The French artist, of Senegalese origin, is gathering media attention for her emotive and soul-stirring songs including Nina inspired by Nina Simone, and on March 13 she released her debut EP Before Zero

Remi Laudat is a Director and Filmmaker. His short movie Mi o le kú (2019) recently received official selection at Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival and Abuja International Film Festival, and won Best Foreign Short Film at the Kapowiff Film Festiva.

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This programme takes place within Theaster Gates's installation Black Image Corporation presented by Prada, The Vinyl Factory, and The Showroom. Collective Intimacy is inspired by Gates’s ethos of collaboration and The Showroom’s commitment to togetherness and communal knowledge, taking on multiple trans-located narratives of the current Black experience as a point of departure for a cosmopolitan worldview. In response to Gates’s reactivated spaces in Chicago and how his socially engaged projects enable communities to connect and grow, Collective Intimacy aims to create a new space for people to gather, listen, converse, and contemplate amongst a fusion of art, design, music, and everyday life.

Black Image Corporation presents distinct spaces creating a myriad of possibilities for collective engagements, featuring an installation of Gates’s art objects, furnishings, and new films that capture the methodologies of urban renewal and community activation founding his practice. Pieces from Chicago imbued with powerful histories, uses, and localities resonate with distinctive lounge design from here in London – like a love letter between two cities, under the roof of a new House. Taking place at both 180 The Strand and The Showroom, Collective Intimacy hosts interdisciplinary interventions by artists, musicians, designers, writers, thinkers, collectives and members of the public, who are all invited to distort notions of selfhood and togetherness in the spirit of creating a global community.