'Aspiration and Representation: Looking Back to Travel Forwards’, identifies the power of identity, inspiration and legacy in three stunning events at Goldsmiths University, London on the 19th January 2017.
Commencing at 12.30 with the opening of the first ever exhibition of paintings by alumni Keith Church, its viewing is followed by the third series of Renegade Raconteurs with a lecture by Professor Kurt Barling (Middlesex University, London) and a respondent panel and audience Q&A with Afua Hirsch (Sky Arts), Dr Clea Bourne and Prof. Claudia Bernard (Goldsmiths).
In his lecture 'The Rhetoric of Race', Kurt Barling unflinchingly challenges how we might re-imagine 'race' thinking beyond the trap of an inherited language restricted by notions of 'blackness' and 'whiteness'. The evening event, 'Performing Mothers' explores the dramatisation of these ideas through feminist performance focussing on mixed-ness and motherhood. A contextual discussion, between Prof. Elaine Aston (Lancaster University), Dr Chamion Caballero (London School of Economics), the playwright Winsome Pinnock and Dr Deirdre Osborne (Goldsmiths) looks at SuAndi's internationally acclaimed monodrama 'The Story of M'. The day concludes with a rare performance by SuAndi of her 'The Story of M' in The George Wood Theatre.
Prior to the performance, Oberon Books launch a new, single edition of 'The Story of M'. This play is included on the EdExcel Examination Board's newly revised A-levels English Literature syllabus with a Black British literature list (Revised by Deirdre Osborne) published by Pearson.
Image: SuAndi, © Robert Taylor