Christina Sharpe
In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

Friday 23 March, 7 – 8.30pm

Autograph ABP

London, UK

£5 (£4 Concession)

Join us for a talk by Christina Sharpe, followed by in conversation between Faisal Abdu'Allah and Christina Sharpe.

Drawing on her critically acclaimed book In The Wake: On Blackness and Being, Sharpe will think through what she has identified as four of the locations of Black being: The Wake, The Ship, The Hold, and The Weather.  Artist Faisal Abdu’Allah, whose exhibition The Duppy Conqueror is currently on view at Autograph ABP, will join Sharpe to discuss interlinking themes that connect their artistic and scholarly practices.

The event will be introduced by Autograph ABP curator Renée Mussai. Professor Tamar Garb will briefly respond to Christina Sharpe and Faisal Abdu'Allah's discussion, before opening up to the audience Q&A.

This event is part of a collaboration between Autograph ABP and University College London. During her visit Christina Sharpe will also present a talk at UCL, as part of the IAS Public Lecture Series under the 2017-18 research theme 'Lies' on 21 March, supported by Mishcon de Reya's Mishcon Academy. UCL Event >


Christina Sharpe is a Professor at Tufts University's English Department and the programs in Africana and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her second book, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, was published by Duke University Press in November 2016 and was named in The Guardian and The Walrus as one of the best books of 2016. The book was a finalist for nonfiction for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards. Her first book Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010) was also published by Duke University Press. She is currently completing the critical introduction to the Collected Poems of Dionne Brand (1982-2010) to be published by Duke University Press and she is working on a monograph: Black. Still. Life.  Sharpe has recently contributed essays to the book accompanying Arthur Jafa’s first solo exhibition Love is the Message, The Message is Death, an essay called The Crook of Her Arm to a collection on the work of the artist Martine Syms, an essay on Luke Willis Thompson’s autoportrait (2017), and a brief essay on Emma Amos’s Take One (1985-87).

Dr Faisal Abdu’Allah is an Associate Professor of Art and Faculty Director of UW-Madison's Creative Arts Community, The Studio. A former IDA visiting Professor at Stanford University and The Henry John Drewal Visiting Professor of African & Diaspora Arts at UW-Madison, he graduated from the Royal College of Art, and completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of East London, His work has been exhibited widely, including at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in Gran Canaria (2012), Stanford Welton Gallery in Stanford (2010), National Portrait Gallery (2009), Whitechapel Gallery (2009), British Film Institute Gallery (2008), Serpentine Gallery (2006), and the Chisenhale Gallery (2003) in London, and Studio Museum Harlem (1997). His works are in the collections of Tate Britain (London), the V&A (London), the National Maritime Museum (London), the Chazen Museum (Madison), CAAM (Gran Canaria) and the British Arts Council. Abdu’Allah has won numerous grants and awards, including the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant, the Mayor of London Award for Sustainability, the Flamin Production Development Award, and the first prize at Tallinn Print Triennial in Estonia.

Respondent Tamar Garb is Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art and Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London.


This event will be seated, and take place in Gallery 1


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