CVC Workshop: Roshini Kempadoo “Black Gold to Dust”
April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Workshop: “Black Gold to Dust: Sustaining Futures and Reimagining Black Atlantic Worlds”
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:00 PM CDT Zoom Meeting *To attend the workshop and receive a link to the Zoom meeting, please RSVP to email@example.com. All are welcome!
This workshop will take as its starting point from my artwork and artistic research for Like Gold Dust (2019) to think about a future currently eclipsed by the COVID pandemic, ecological crises and anti-racism movements.
The workshop will be concerned with the exploration of potential artistic methods that centralises present and future black Atlantic life experiences in relation to ecological sustainability. In particular we will explore how central artistic narratives/representations about women and queer bodies as activists may be central to shaping a ecological sustainable world.
The workshop will explore questions such as how we might reimagine futures that consider the black experience as central to the challenges of climate change and ecological precarity. Contextual approaches that refer to Caribbean artists work (Atkinson, Patterson, Hadeed, Cozier, Rose, Huggins) and writers/critics (Wynter, Da Silva, Roy, Maathai, Sheller and Demos) will be explored as contributions that map progressive and innovative creativity.
Roshini Kempadoo is a media artist, photographer and scholar. Her research, multimedia and photographic projects combine factual and fictional re-imaginings of contemporary experiences, histories and memories.
Roshini has been active in documenting Caribbean communities, events, rights issues, and individuals in the UK and the Caribbean. She was instrumental in setting up Autograph, the Association of Black Photographers in the late 1980s, and worked as a documentary photographer for Format Picture Agency (1983 – 2003).
Her photography and artworks are created using montage, layering, narration and interactive techniques of production. They appear as photographs and screen-based interactive art installations to fictionalise Caribbean, UK and US archive material, objects, and spaces. She has recently completed the Spring 2019 International Artist-in-Residence @ Artpace, San Antonio, US creating the artwork Like Gold Dust.
She is Reader with CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), at Westminster School of Arts, University of Westminster. She is represented by Autograph ABP, London. Link to Roshini Kempadoo’s website.
Image: Roshini Kempadoo (2019) from the series Like Gold Dust
Both events are free and open to the public. They are possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Anonymous Fund. The Center for Visual Cultures would also like to thank the Departments of Art, Art History, Communication Arts, Gender and Women’s Studies, The Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium, The Center for Culture, History and Environment, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, The Center for Humanities, and The Institute for Research in the Humanities.