The Missing Chapter Collective
Queering the Archive
Fri 29 January, 2 - 4pm
Free event, booking recommended
Speculations on black queer presences in The Missing Chapter portfolio, a talk led by filmmaker Campbell X and in conversation with Ama Josephine Budge
Being LGBTQI is like being an identity detective. We search for ourselves through history by picking up on tiny gestures, facial expressions, poses or clothes. How can we tell that the images we are looking at are not transgender people? How can we tell that "friends" aren't lovers?
We explore The Missing Chapter portfolio using selected photographs to mine our imaginations outside of hetero-normative, cis-centric assumptions.
About The Missing Chapter Collective
In 2015, Autograph ABP brought together a collective of young, aspiring cultural producers, historians and artists to create a series of multimedia projects and events in response to the 19th century photographs unearthed as part our The Missing Chapter archive research project. Using photography, film, illustration and debate the Collective interpret issues around cultural memory, representation and the archive, locating the past in their present.
Follow their work at: facebook.com/themissingchaptercollective
Collective members: Heather Agyepong, Yasmine Akim, Lara Akinnawo, Kariima Ali, Aminata Blondin Diop, Tania Camara, Helene Cockman, Chante De Terville, Deborah Hughes, Abira Hussein, Elijah Maja, Nyasha Mangera Lakew, Shanice Martin, Olivia Mathurin Essandoh, Patricia Ng'ang'a.
About The Missing Chapter research project
The Missing Chapter is a three-year research project which will augment the photographic narratives of migration and cultural diversity in relation to Britain’s past, through unearthing previously unseen images from national archives. The Collective has responded to a portfolio of newly identified photographic portraits featuring black sitters in the UK during the 19th and early 20th century. The Missing Chapter is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.