Ama Josephine Budge - Writer / Artist / Curator
Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose interdisciplinary practice navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and Blackness. Ama’s fiction, art writing and essays has been both commissioned and published internationally including by Anathema Spec from the Margins, The Architectural Review, Black Discourse, The Feminist Review, The Independent, Autograph ABP, Consented Magazine and more. She is working on her first speculative novella...
Ama is the 2020-21 recipient of both the Kieth Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism with Bard College (New York) and the Local, International and Planetary Fictions Fellowship with Curatorial Frame (Helsinki) and EVA International (Limerick). Her research for this latter fellowship: Pleasurable Ecologies – Formations of Care: Curation as Future-building is an in-depth exploration of decolonial and intersectional curatorial care practices. The research acknowledges the entire ecosystem of socio-historical politics involved in curating contemporary art and cultural production. Ama is also a member of Queer Ecologies collective - currently Artists in Residence at Tower Hamlet Cemetery Park; and initiator of the Apocalypse Reading Room project - new installation opening July - Sept 2021 at Artsadmin (Tonynbee Studios).
Ama's artworks have been commissioned / exhibited by Jupiter Artland (Edinburgh), Casco Art Institute (Utrecht), Ankur Arts (Glasgow) and Other Futures Festival (Amsterdam). Ama is the co-founder of The Batty Mama queer black club & performance night, and initiator of Self Love and Ecstasy pleasure collective (aka SLAE). SLAE works to invoke power, pleasure, and healing with breath, touch and trust for self, community and planet. SLAE manifests predominantly with and for QTIABPOC (queer, trans, intersex, a-gender, Black, people of colour).
In 2022 Ama was welcomed as a new member of the Board of Trustees at ArtsAdmin.
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