Imaginarium: Poetry Discussion Event

Clementine E. Burnley, Tjawangwa Dema, Zakia Carpenter-Hall / Free / Online

Imaginarium: Poetry Discussion
Join Africa in Motion programme producer Tanatsei Gambura in a conversation with poets Zakia Carpenter-Hall, Clementine Ewokolo Burnley, and Tjawangwa Dema. The poets are part of a new commission to produce new work for this year's Africa in Motion film festival, supported by the Scottish Poetry Library and The Obsidian Foundation. Their respective film-poems Human Ecologies, Paradise Engines, and Cadastral: The Black Girl Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are world premieres at the festival.

Enjoy an evening of poetry readings, conversation, and art. The discussion will give insight into the poets' writing and filmmaking journey, as well as the wider context of the commission's theme. Emerging in light of the climate crisis and forthcoming COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow, the work responds to the experience of being Black in the natural environment. It looks into the lived experience of racialized bodies in urban and rural landscapes, giving voice to an array of stories.
Joining this discussion is Bristol-based artist Jasmine Thompson who will create a living illustration of the discussion's salient points. This mural will give a visual language to issues sometimes difficult to express and share in the wake of personal and ecological grief.

Past Showings

Saturday 30th October 2021 / 6pm to 7:30pm / Online

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About The Live Illustrator

Jasmine Thompson is an illustrator and designer based in Bristol. Her work is focused around identity, activism, social justice, and underrepresented narratives. Her storytelling work has a specific focus on people and place, and is often based in the city of Bristol. Her work embodies murals, live sketching, comics, and brand work. She is also a portrait artist and digital illustrator, who uses art to provide better representation of people of colour and black culture. She works regularly with young people through workshop facilitation and mentoring, and is also a board member at Rising Arts Agency.