Somerset House Studios

How to be Free

01 Aug 2019

How do we surf and ride the wave of existence? Breaking down the work of Maurice White, Marvin Gaye, Buju Banton, Tupac Shakur, and Matana Roberts, Somerset House Studios resident Nadeem Din-Gabisi explores the artists that have inspired him artistically, serving as influence to his new multi-media project, POOL.  

POOL examines the mental health issues of many young Black men, born in inner and outer London. Touching on personal moments of trauma and happiness, POOL seeks to find peace within these moments, asking: how can we maintain ourselves in spite of all the external factors faced? 

Nadeem Din-Gabisi's work is centred around the re-presentation of the black image, pertaining to people of African Descent and the limitlessness of what it means to be black, other and more than that. His practice has been influenced by many years of work as a youth and play worker. Nadeem has recently completed his Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, performs regularly as part of the musical phenomenon Steam Down, and currently hosts a monthly radio show on NTS Radio. Nadeem has recently been collaborating with fellow artist Hadiru Mahdi at the George Padmore institute to realise an artistic response to their archive.

A Reduced Listening and Somerset House Studios production. Produced by Femi Oriogun-Williams, hosted by Nadeem Din-Gabisi.