'The Mothering Blackness'
An evening of art, advocacy and performance

Friday 9 Sept, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Event, £3

A discursive evening bringing together artists and scholars to explore politics of representation and visibility in relation to the cultural body.

Linking our current exhibitions focusing on the black female body with their own practices and research interests, Nana Adusei-Poku, Fatuma Khaireh, NIC Kay and Jennifer Allen aka Quilla Constance will reflect on the gendered, sexed and raced body as a site of agency, celebration, conflict and re-invention.

The participants will explore and challenge pre-conceived notions and fixed readings potential of the 'cultural' body. Historical and contemporary image archives will be located in the present, and their implications in different social, cultural, and political temporalities considered.

The event title is borrowed from Maya Angelou's poem The Mothering Blackness.

About the exhibitions

Raphael Albert: Miss Black & Beautiful
, an exhibition of more than sixty photographs of women performing in 1970s black beauty pageants. Read more >

Aida Silvestri: Unsterile Clinic, an artistic meditation on gender based violence towards girls and women, raising awareness of FGM. Read more >

About the participants

Nana Adusei-Poku is a Research Professor in Visual Culture at Rotterdam University and Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of the Arts, Zurich

Fatuma Khaireh is a London based playwright, poet and writer

NIC Kay is a Chicago-based performer, teacher, and visual artist making their London debut at Autograph ABP

Jennifer Allen aka Quilla Constance is an artist, lecturer and curator


  • The presentations and performances will be followed by a round-table Q&A with the audience, hosted by Adelaide Bannerman and Renée Mussai of Autograph ABP.
  • The event will take place in the gallery, among the installation of Raphael Albert’s Miss Black and Beautiful photographs

Additional Info

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

The entrance is on the side of the building

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

Rivington Place is fully accessible, with a lift and step free access to all areas of the building.
Please phone ahead to book a disabled parking bay, or if you would like to discuss your access needs: 020 7749 1240.

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