looking back on this year future destinations

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Future Destinations

New Term. New Project

Firstly, it is important to mention the exhibitions that have been to this year. Above is last years work The galleries were closed because of Covid, most of the exhibitions I have been to have been online. I’ve also attended talks in this way. I haven’t been out much because of Covid totally debilitated been me and is affecting my memory, so I have mostly been indoors, but luckily I have family around so I haven’t been alone. This year I’m not doing major projects so will be focusing on following on smaller projects that concentrate mainly on making. The approach for work/study this year will mostly involve research with small drawings photography and ceramics projects. I will mostly discussing things that are intended for the level six project next year as a (part-time student), and research towards it, even if the actual project changes.

Following up researching black activism. At the moment flicking between projects. Reading chart needed.
Need to speak to people maybe online now about issues concerning race and domicile.

You have to find the things that give one the most inspiring and for me, that inspiration is things that echo ancestral inspiration and learning which I feel renew energy personally for me and for those around me. Also, any new ideas and work which brings inspiration to me to work.

At the moment I am also trying to work through past traumas which are shared experiences with some of those that view my work.

Here I am looking at the activism of which I have been on the ‘outskirts’.
I have been more interested in feminist and disabled issues, Recently.
Black activism was something I more observed while under societies oak of racism realised through social media.
The differential effect of discriminational is multiplied by the separate views of each person. Places in society in which debates about authority and discrimination in western society while in other societies the colonial and cultural bug bear stands out.
In Trojan Horses Activists and Power Lucy Lippard (1984) sees it as some sort of ‘gift’, ‘watch dogs’, ‘consciouses’. Displaying or unpicking ‘hard to swallow’ social and cultural phenomena. The rallying of ‘grassroots forces going on into other spheres. When Lippard writes of the value of this type of art, who is making it, displaying it, buying it? She points to the rich and elite. But, presently in black art, It is still the same people for example the most notable black artists who are academics who also have made long-standing connections with prominent galleries and have campaigned to display the art of minority British art who stand out. For example artists of the Black British School have now become the most prominent black British artists while the buyers have become more varied than just the past elites with nouveau rich black diaspora buying such art.

My Activism

Attended lectures as well as online workshops to be able to look at contemporary art and attended discussions to actively debate about art and activism.

Roberto “Mukao” Borrero. Taino community Leader. President of the United Confederation of Indigenous People.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdONHIEAhoo&list=WL&index=6&ab_channel=HolyokeMedi

Ceramic artist Gerardo Monterrubio, NEIGHBORS episode
Square ceramic Gerardo Monterrubo

From Oaxaca Mexico dyal identity. Black and white. Mexican muralists. Silence and expression throught art and art opportunity.

Future Destinations: Black Activism, Dreams, Spiritual Awakings…

A number of Dreams surfaced during the Covid Lockdown which centred on snakes, spiders and ancestors. This with my interest in my cultural history inspired ideas around the self morphing into forms with the air earth and sea. With the Global trama of covid and black anilition through policing. This in turn led to research on ancestry and myths incorporating strenght and black activism. Stylisation in art and my own ideas on depiction.

1:54 African Art Fair 2020

One of the first gallery events this semester.

1:54 Exhibition

Dennis Osakue. The Power Of Black and White. 1:54, African Art Fair. Signature African Art. Photographed by J. White. Sept 2020
Now at https://signatureafricanart.com/

O. Osakue has worked as a photographer as well as in advertising. Modern Pop art? Popular Culture.

Black Art Conference at Art Expo 2020


Following up researching black activism. At the moment this involves flicking between projects., books, articials and online material. A reading chart needed. Need to speak to people maybe on line now about issues with race and domicile. Sarted with attending gallery and seeing what global artists were doing.

Attended the black art conference at Art Expo 2020 Philadelphia online stop. I spoke to artist and musician who was part of the October Gallery in Philadelphia not associated with the October Gallery in the UK.

I spoke to an artist who I discovered was interested in the same subject that I am exploring. We spoke about spirituality, of African origin. He spoke of Egyptian spirituality Nigerian spirituality, along with other African Spirituality’s. He spoke about his time spent in education in Britain in Oxford. Before this, there was a real at all bigger talk where practical. It was a well-organised event. Some think or take note of for any event I arranged over the Internet.

Working Ideas: Sketches

Exploring Myths, Annaise

Working Ideas: This sketch is a proposal for a live display. Using cotton string and other media. Using Afro-Caribbean folklore and dreams….
Ideas about the African diaspora and new world now take focus in my work. The myths that are underlooked but that have great significance. The snake and the which resonate throughout the world. The dream worlds. Lost kingdoms. The lineage of ancestral memories that steer people in different directions …..


Making Form. Annaise, Joanne white. Nov 12 2020.

This is the beginning of me composing a work based on dreams the black experience, history and continuation of my string work.

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens visit

Searching for African Flora

This trre in Kew Gardens London with the surrounding background tree brought to mind a upturned spiders web. with the ffemal figure beneath. I tend to not do any gardening between October and March. Early octoer the garden is full of giant cob webs which I clear to hang the washing up. The washing line then becomes the next large spiderbweb.

Looking for forna for photo-shoot

African Lace Tree

I was looking for something akin to the African Lace Tree but became engrossed in all the African and tropical funa. some representations that I could use within my project.

Work has been done on the history of the African Lace Tree in Jamaica last year. This year i have included extra research with more beautiful pictures of craft work from …..

Grayson Perry

First exhibition visit. I always find grayson Perry’s work interesting especially in relation to my ceramic work as he takes both a political, personal and cultural view in his work. He has included the present political climate to do with the Trump Presidentry, Brexit and elitism. All these all topics I have covered in some way over my last few years in university, wether in essays or practical work. His work with the public and Channel Four Television I have also covered. In this exhibition his pot -work was of magor interest.

Grayson Perry: The most Specialist Relationship Victoria Miro Gallery. September 2020

Late-summer visit to 1:54 African Art Fair, Summerset House, London. October 2020

This fair is a reacurrs in my research because the artist themes are so relevant to my work. I keep coming back to it as my memory sparks while doing my project. The stylations and themes. The contection to ancestry. These 1:54 African Fairs being the only oneof the only annual global black art events. Some of the artists ofinterest to me are listed below.


images (staring at the top, left to Right):

Anya Paintsil. Anya or Anum (2020), Acrylic, wool, human hair, Kanekalon hair on hessian. 56 x 94 inches. Self Portrait Acrylic, wool, human hair, (2018), Kanekalon hair on hessian, 1:54 African Art Fair, Somerset House, London. Latch hook and punch needle embroidery.

Bam, Ranti. 50 Golborne. Beomi (2020) Terracotta

Moustapha Baidi Oumarrou
Instant de joie (Diptych), 2019
Acrylic and posca on canvas
180-120cm each


kimmerbly Crensure used this word o define the connectedness and multiplcaton of different forms of discrimination. Especially related to black women
The present debate is about inclusion. Also about black people being taken seriously as intellectual properties and not making the minority a token within whte homogenity. The Back Lives protest have brought this is to the fore . with the media making a show of “Karens” and “police brutality.” “It was coined in 1989 by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe how race, class, gender, and other individual characteristics “intersect” with one another and overlap. “Intersectionality” has, in a sense, gone viral over the past half-decade, resulting in a backlash from the right”. Coasten. J. @vox.com. This theme repeats placing the black woman at the bottom of social negative tropes and visualisation while in terms of real social standing black women are becoming one of he most educated populations, formulating new literature, film arts and science. For example Issa Rea, Octavia Butler and Matlda Ibini


In lectures, we spoke of Tropes and recurring motives and the ‘abstract’ ‘staples’ and, of course of ‘beliefs.’ Metaphors. Evidence. Texualisation. And layers in movies. Afro-tropes

Attened: London Visual Arts & Museums National Lottery Project Grant Presentation

“Thank you for registering to attend the London Visual Arts & Museums National Lottery Project Grant Presentation.”
Thursday, 26 November 2020 from 11:00 to 12:00 (GMT)
Organised by Arts Council England Eve. Heard about grants that are available and how to get them. Will attend again next year nearer to graduation.


 Thank you for registering 

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·       Project Grants page: here

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·       Developing your Creative Practice page: here

·       Grantium guidance: here

·       Is my project ready? Quiz: here

·       Access support: here (please contact the Enquiries team if you have any access support needs and would like to know about available support, using the subject line: ACCESS INFORMATION)

·       Covid-19 – Government guidance overview: here

·       Digital Culture Network: here

·       Supporting Museums: here

(with permission of group)

We soke about the thing which affected us at university especially since the Covid 19 Pandemic Lockdown.

Other Meetings Attented:

Disability, Desirability and the Patriarchy

When Fri 27 Nov 2020 6:15pm – 9:15pm UK https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disability-desirability-and-the-patriarchy-tickets-130403890547

Race and Diversity Discussion 4/12/20 Middlesex University

Thinking Globally, Selling Locally: The Rise (and Potential Fall Again) of Regional Art Markets

Sunday, December 6,

Artists Working with Museums Today

Saturday, Decemer 5

Bricks and Clicks: Hybrid Models for the Art Market

Friday, December 4, 9am PST / 12 noon ET / 6pm CETber 5, 9am PST / 12 noon ET / 6pm CE

Black in the Middle” Virtual Book Conversation Series: Pt. 1, “Home”

17 Dec

Gathering by Nengi Omuku

15 December 11:00am – 6:00pm
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery – Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, 2 Melior Pl, Bermondsey – London SE1 3SZ – United Kingdom

50 Years of Art Basel: the 2010s 17 Dec

Talking Clay Field Trip to Ching Yuan Chang’s Studio in Taiwan

Talking Clay Field Trip to Ching Yuan Chang’s Studio in Taiwan

Race Equity Strategy Session (Students and Student Union)

Race Equity Strategy Session (Students and Student Union) 22 Jan
ROOTS:Community Textiles Exhibition by fifteen international textile artists.
Sat, 23-24 Jan 2021, 12:00 –17:00 GMT
Craft Central The ForgE 397-411 Westferry Road E14 3AE

Recent black activist art

25 Jan. Sunday, Marit Dewhurst, Search recent black activist art -Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy, 2014, Harvard Ed Press.


The Dilemmas of Decolonial Work

Critical Conversation Cafe: The Dilemmas of Decolonial Work Wen 27 Jan
Artist Happy Hour – January 2021
Artist Happy Hour topic is Art & Social Change. We will be inviting local black artists to be panelists for this event

The myth of race


Sustaining the Studio – Sustaining Self, Two-Part Online Symposia
Jeff Jones:

Open door access st Ives Leach Pottery
Participation and collaboration.

Collecting History and Amorphising it into Art

It has been hard to formalize a path of practical work. This year has been particularly difficult because of the pandemic lockdown. What has been interesting is the level of connection through social media

The one-to-one conversations with artists. Closer inhouse bonds with friends and relations. Trying to academise the historical events and cultural shifts.

attending the above events helped. It gives an idea of what artists are thinking around the world. how they encounter and

David Uzochuwu Recently gave an interview to Autograph bpn’s Bindi Vora. His works are emblematic of my recent works with dream s and visions. He has worked with FA Twiggs on a Nike and with Parrell Williams with Coocnac on advertisements. The works that are close to my musings are Buoyant, fromMonstrum/ drown in My Magic, 2019, and Rising From Mare Monstrum/ Drown in My Magic 2019 (Pictured in the Autograph interview). Autograph.

Evaluating the year, the amount of grow through research has been amazing. Starting with the campioning of black actism with Black Lives Matter. the move to internet research. looking at museum and art fairs far afield. money requests and art backups.

Attended: Animating Narratives Bringing Life to Characters of Colour

Hosted by IFF’s (…) Penyemi Olagunju

Bobby Rubio:
Tina Obo, “Priority? ” Written for native Ugandans ‘The Sugar Cane Man’, “Needed more representations of black people”.
Radford Sechrist,Forhim, it is bout diversifying the the entire work force and informng people like Directors that it must be done, in a way that they are influenced “People voices are being heard about diverse characters e.g., the film ‘Float’ and inclusion of physical mental neurodiverse voices.”

Obo, related that for people “to be included” it took activism while also showing the bueatiful metropolises, country side and the visible over looked high cultures of Africa rather than the poor tropes.
The “passion, the audience can perceive this”.
Film, ‘Sugar Cane Man’
There hasto be change industry. “University had Mentors From other countries. They want war and gunshots etc. I had to fight this western concept of Africa” “I want them to see my home as it is”. Managed to get this on the outside. “I wrote for the people of Northern Uganda”. She from southern Uganda.

Ideas for new animators:

“Make real stuff
Act of finishing better to
Online access can talk to professionals also
See where skills are
Comic boards shorts.
Draw –
Comics book
Go Comicon
Not be afraid of speaking to people
Save to buy Wacom tablet etc
learn from bad stuff..you do not be afraid.
Imaginative animations, power for change
O: representation.. Bringing forward family, stories
B: gateway in. ‘Lion King’ Story first. Reaches out. Fish. identify not identifying race gives greater reach.”

Art Connected to Project

Glasswork veiwed in Brick Lane 2020

Ideas Through Sketching

Morping Human/spider

Selection of Vsual Research

This is a section of research. Some book research but also online gallery visitation and talks on black actism, black history, afro futurism throught music and graphic comics and YouTube videos.

Research involving animation, filming and cartoons

Research: African Folklore

Ceramic Sketches

Not doing the project model most of my work has been in drawing form and will end up a photo montage and sculptural string work.

Pre-Shoot For Final Design

First phot shoot for final design . Photo Joanne White

Using the same model that was used earlier entering afro-futurism. The dress I had seen earlier and was going to be the model my self. By the time I could afford it was a few sizes down. I want the model to bend into the background as an Earth mother. Anansi is a trickster always one step away from death, yet always coming up with cunning plans to outwit those who try the eat the little spider.

The spider is so scary to the westerner. Yet while standing on a Jamaican veranda under hanging cobweb being hold “They will do you no harm”. While later a big furry monster hangs over a doorway. Father slapping this spider bigger and fatter than his hand. Laughing out loud “Wa wrang with unu, a only Anansi.” His middle-class correctness slipping ‘once’ into Jamaican patois.

The hundreds of tiny spiders over the veranda scurrying among the night lights that invite the mosquitoes feasting and smiling with us, till we ‘foreign’ no longer notice them but relax under the stars rum and reggae relaxing our souls.

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