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Join artist Rochelle White in conversation with writer Abondance Matanda, discussing her practice and influences as a young Black British contemporary artist, as well as prominent themes in her work. They will draw on White’s dissertation, How can Contemporary Artists of Colour […] challenge old (mis)representations and create new perspectives today?, which was written during her time as a student at Camberwell College of Arts. Both White and Matanda will be delving into their personal explorations of politics of representation, and how issues of visibility and agency of young black artists are shifting in the context of digital platforms.

This will be followed with a conversation inviting Gal-dem editor-in-chief Liv Little, and founders of the exhibition and club night BBZ Tia Simon-Campbell and Nadine Davis, to highlight the significance’s of White’s work in the context of the UK’s current ‘cultural renaissance’, as coined by Jacob V Joyce.

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Rochelle White is London-based artist who works primarily within photographic mediums. Her work weaves through the complexities of identity, exploring conversations of personal and cultural politics resulting in a union of contemporary and traditional references often loaded with symbolism rooted in and informed by her lived experience. White studies of the nuances of today's West-Indian experience in Britain, whilst questioning ideas of spirituality and consumption. After graduating from Camberwell College of The Arts in 2016, White continues to work on personal projects along with collaborations with fellow artists.

Abondance Matanda is an arts and culture writer and poet. Being based in London proper informs her subject matters and subversive, colloquial voice. Language, girlhood, class and blackness are the themes she notices and dissects moretime, as well as other ideas about identity. Her influences range from Ms Dynamite to Toni Cade Bambara to Congolese music videos from the 90s.

Liv Little is a writer and editor-in-chief of gal-dem, a London-based magazine and creative collective, established to help women of colour build careers in the media. The collective have built an international matrix of contributors, have put on a late night take-over at the V&A- showcasing women of colour artists, thinkers, musicians and writers- and, last autumn, unveiled an inaugural print magazine.

BBZ is a creative duo that consists of filmmaker Nadine Davis and photographer Tia Simon-Campbell, who draw on the creative output of south London. They run a club night self-described as “a monthly exhibition/turn up for the fam, exploring the worlds of queer, non binary women of colour”, which brings together artists of colour who identify as female to exhibit and sell their work. From recreating a Caribbean living room at gal-dem’s V&A takeover, to setting up a queer Valentine’s pottery class, to teaming up with Peckham-based radio station Balamii and south London’s most-loved chicken shop branch Morley’s for a party, BBZ’s creative collaborations are as diverse as their audiences.

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