Somerset House Studios resident

Zinzi Minott

Artist working with dance, movement and the body.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing
One Lyrical

Zinzi Minott’s work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. Strongly identifying as a dancer, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance and the place of black female bodies within the form. Her work explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. Zinzi is interested in the space between dance and other art forms, and though her practice is driven through dance, the outcomes range from performance and live art to sound, film, dances and object-based work.

Along with Jamila Johnson-Small and Hamish McPherson, Zinzi created and curated The Rebel Man Standard, a programme of training, research, performance and public interventions hosted by Sadler's Wells, LADA, Roehampton University, Dance Research Space, ID dance and Guest Projects. She is artist in residence with Tate's Schools and Teachers programme, regularly devising workshops for young people, and in 2018 will be artist in residence at the next edition of Duke University's Collegium of African Diaspora Dance conference in North Carolina.

Nowse bwoy and aunty.. the saving of a life, Zinzi Minott with the Early years and Families team, BP Family Festival 2017, Copyright Tate Photography
Nowse bwoy and aunty.. the saving of a life, BP Family Festival 2017, Tate Britain

Zinzi’s new solo dance work What Kind of Slave Would I Be? WKOSWIB? (pronounced nWIK-uooh-IB?) - featuring sound by NON Worldwide co-founder Nkisi and photography from Rohan Ayinde - follows a period of research supported by British Library. It will be presented at Rich Mix in the spring and followed by a publication in collaboration with LADA. She was commissioned by Tate to create her last piece “Nowse Bwoy and Aunty…The saving of a life” which premiered in February 2017 at Tate Britain as part of BP Families Festival with sound from cellist Pete Yelding.

Nowse bwoy and aunty.. the saving of a life, Zinzi Minott with the Early years and Families team, BP Family Festival 2017, Copyright Tate Photography
Nowse bwoy and aunty.. the saving of a life, BP Family Festival 2017, Tate Britain

'…a highlight of the festival is Zinzi Minott’s Movement for Queers' 

The Guardian on Rebel Man Standard

Zinzi will use her time at Somerset House Studios to explore the racialised movement of the black dancing body, black sonic space, politicised movement and femme identities.

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