What Kind of Slave Would I Be (2017) Image by Rohan Ayinde
Somerset House Studios
Mon 25 Feb 2019

Zinzi Minott: In Movement

Mon 25 Feb 2019
18.45 - 20.30
Pay What You Can

The work of our artists is valuable and our events cost money to produce, but we also want them to be as accessible as possible. Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to pay what you can for this event.

River Rooms
New Wing

In Movement is a project by Studios resident Zinzi Minott which aims to broaden the notion of how one can contribute to a discussion using different tools of communication, moving away from speech in favour of movement, dance and sound.

Stemming from conversations with her peers, Zinzi seeks to create a space for artists to be in movement using their artistic mediums instead of verbally in the often-stifling format of a talk or panel discussion. Rather, as artists who use their bodies through movement and dance, music and sound, and film as material, is there another way to have an open dialogue with one another and an audience that priorities artistic practice without relying on words to make something clear and understandable?

“I am often asked to participate in events, to speak, deliver presentations about my thoughts, and feelings about both historical and current events. I often want the opportunity to speak with my strongest and clearest voice. I want to try my theory, and belief that dance is a clear and communicative language which contribute to discourse without being contexualised through words.”

In this 2-part event series, Zinzi invites Evan Ifekoya and Rowdy SS to create a possibility for artists to contribute to conversation and discourse using their strongest voice.

The work of our artists is valuable and our events cost money to produce, but we also want them to be as accessible as possible. Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to pay what you can for this event.

BIOGRAPHIES

Evan Ifekoya
Evan Ifekoya’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound. Ifekoya’s recent work has been presented at: De Appel, Amsterdam (2019), Gasworks London and Camden Arts Centre (2018) Contemporary Arts Centre New Orleans as part of Prospect 4; Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, KW institute, Berlin; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Plymouth Arts Centre; ICA and Serpentine Galleries, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; (2017); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2016). In 2017, Ifekoya was an Art Foundation Fellow in Live Art. Forthcoming in 2019 includes a moving image commission with Tyneside Cinema and exhitions at La Casa Encendida, Madrid and Whitechaptel gallery, London

Rowdy SS
Rowdy SS is a London born and based artist working at the intersection of sound/music, dance/movement and live art; using original sound compositions, video, installation, dance, movement and listening as tools for performance/happening in exploration of space, spaces connected and identity relating to ideas of self and love.

Recents works; 5 night commission NOW19 Festival at The Yard Theatre (2019) La Manutention and Do Disturb Festival, Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2018), 180 The Strand and The Royal Academy, Block Universe International Performance Art Festival, (2018), The Southbank Centre (2018), Art Night, The Garden Museum (2018), residency at Konsthall C, Sweden (2018), Nuit Blanche, Paris (2018). Works to come include Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Women First Festival, Ghent.

Current collaborations include works with dancer/choreographer/artist Jamilla Johnson-Small (48hours, Fury1), sound compositions and performances with artist Rebecca Bellantoni (DHQ Niquta, Harriott).

Zinzi Minott
Zinzi Minott’s work explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. She 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.

Zinzi was the 2016/17 artist in residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Rich Mix, Dance Research Space. Most recently she has been awarded the Arts Council England’s Artist International Development Fund, Jerwood Micro Bursary and the Live Art UK/ Live Art Development Agency- Diverse Actions Leadership Bursary. She was Artist in Residence at the Serpentine Gallery 2018, and is currently one of two artist commissioned under CONTINUOUS - a four-year partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) and Siobhan Davies Dance to explore the relationship between contemporary dance and the visual arts. The work will premier autumn 2019 at BALTIC, touring 2020.