Join us for the next Women of Colour Index Reading Group with Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Samia Malik and Rehana Zaman at the Women’s Art Library.
Full address: Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross SE14 6NW
Event Date: Thursday 1st March 2018
Time: 3pm – 4.30pm
Bio: Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski
Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski Minneapolis based, London-born, Nigerian mixed-media artist/designer, archivist and organiser. Her work and research explores the relationship between feminist, queer, decolonizing theories/spaces and organizational, curatorial, artistic (self) archiving practices.
Sowinski is currently part of the Archival Education Research Initiative (AERI) Emerging Archival Scholars Program (EASP). Between 2014-16 she was an artist/archivist in residence at the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths with art, archival research group X Marks the Spot. Sowinski is currently collaborating with artist/archivist Rita Keegan and the Women of Colour Index Artist Files Collection. She is in the process of developing a collaborative digitisation project to archive the papers of Nigerian Afrobeat musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-1997). She is a committee member for the GLC Story Oral History Project and a specialist volunteer for the Equiano Centre, UCL.
The Women of Colour Index Reading Group was set up in October 2016 by artists, Samia Malik, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Rehana Zaman. The reading group meets on a monthly basis to discuss work within the Women of Colour Index (WOCI); a unique collection of slides and papers collated by artist Rita Keegan that chart the emergence of Women of Colour artists during the ‘critical decades’ of the 1980s and 1990s. Reading group sessions aim to improve the visibility of women of colour artists whilst using material in the archive to generate discussion, thought and practice around current social and political concerns. All people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, religions and race are welcome
Workshop reading text:
‘WHAT IS PEOPLE’S REACTION TO YOUR WORK?
Not many people stop too much. A lot of people just pass over them. Black and white. I would like people to look at them a bit more carefully and think about them.
There’s a lot of discussion about art, but photography’s such a young a medium. There’s a big block even though there’s stuff coming out now. You need to actually compile bibliographies and stuff so that a dialogue can happen’. Ingrid Pollard talks to Molly Shinhat. Polareyes – A journal about Black Women working in photography, Issue No.1 1987.
FB: WOCI Reading group