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.
POCC are a members collective and community of creative, like-minded people working in advertising, media, fashion, arts, film and photography, with a mission to accelerate equality and positively change the experiences of people of colour within these industries, both today and for future generations.
"Our mission is to accelerate equality and positively change the experiences of people of colour within the creative industries and beyond, both today and for future generations, for the benefit of society as a whole. We are a members collective and community of creative, like-minded black and brown people working in advertising, media, fashion, arts, film and photography. Founded initially as a small Whatsapp group, there was very quickly a collective hunger and desire to unite through shared experiences, in both life and within the workplace, to make a difference. A family of generosity and reciprocity was soon formed. Celebrating our wins, sharing our frustrations and using that energy positively to bring about change. A community of culture, created by people of colour, to help people of colour, for the benefit of society as a whole. In order for us to move towards our mission, it’s important for us to engage with genuine allies. These are companies and individuals that understand our goals and can use their position of privilege to help us work towards a better community for all".