How would you describe your forthcoming exhibition, history is a living weapon in yr hand to someone who is unfamiliar with your work? I’d say it was an exhibition about rehearsing the future through the lens of the history of black radicalism in 1940s London.
How did you first become interested in moving image work? I always loved going to the cinema when I was a kid, it was a pleasure and distraction. I made films as a hobby at university but then my friend Thea said, “why not be a filmmaker?” in the last months of my final year of a politics degree. I thought I’d make documentaries but I was disappointed by the documentary world, and then I discovered art when I lived in a project space called Limazulu and that felt like the setting I wanted to explore the moving image in.
What’s been the most rewarding part of creating your film, A Radical Duet? Working with all the cast and crew, the feeling I had on the set, and the very fact that my words on a page became real.
What’s your favourite thing about being an artist? That my job is to think, follow my curiosities and share that.
Which bands or musicians are on your playlist at the moment? I recently got my record player working again and so was listening to something I bought in the pandemic but haven’t spent so much time with, African Acid is the Future.
What do you do when you have a day off? Pretend I know how to relax! I’m trying to find a new hobby after roller derby took over my life.
What works or shows do you have in the pipeline? Next year I’ll be in the Nigerian Pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale and touring history is a living weapon in yr hand to other galleries in the UK. I want to make the feature film version of A Radical Duet so trying to rustle up some funding!