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For speaking invitations: assistant@amajosephine.me

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ama@amajosephine.me
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Ama Josephine Budge - Writer / Artist / Curator

Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose praxis navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities...

Usually based in London, Ama can also be found loitering around the fried egg stalls of Accra, or gallery bookshops in New York City. 

Exhibiting Artworks

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Putting the Cooker on Low
Premiere on May 6th

Putting the Cooker on Low explores the daily rituals that allow Black women, femmes and non-binary folk to keep creating in the midst of spiritual, emotional, familial, societal and ecological crises. Putting the Cooker on Low intimates that which happens in the simmer and bubble, on the back burner and the top oven, in the side eye and the hot pot. Thinking with an ancestry of Black feminist petitions for self-preservation, this visual essay works to make visible and then unsettle the ways in which Black womxn artists internalize value-(as)-labour-(as)-capital. The cracks, crevasses and slippages these anti-erotic modes of

survival engender – as felt by both human and non-human ecologies – remain forced from view until they become black holes, into which we are swallowed and disappear. Often without a trace. It is with the cooker on low, that resistance might reduce into potency. It is with the cooker on low that we never run out of gas.

Recent Publications

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A City Wages Love
Architectural Review, Where do We go from here?
November 2021

Pleasurable Ecologies - Formations of Care: The Impossibilities of Invitation
Rehearsing Hospitalities Companion 3, September 2021

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A Shoal of Lovers Leads Me Home
Black Discourse, February 2021

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Collage by Stephanie Sleiman

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Ama Josephine Budge's A Shoal of Lovers Leads me Home is aheady, hopeful sensorium" 

- Michael Matheson, Anathema: Spec from the Margins

Leap
Platform London, January 2021

No Home Left Behind
Architectural Review, October 2020
 

“Ama is exactly the kind of young writer we need, innovative, daring, fantastical and delicious, the UK’s N.K Jemisin meets Tomi Adeyemi.” 

- Tosin Coker, The Mouth of Babes

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Illustrated by Fernanda Peralta

Speculative Fabulations: Beneath Yaba's Garden
Feminist Review: Archives, July 2020

Ama Josephine Budge in conversation with Angela Chan (in) Science Fiction
Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press: 
Documents of Contemporary Art, 2020

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Upcoming Events

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Center for Human Rights and the Arts, Bard College
World premiere of Putting the Cooker on Low, a CHRA digital commission, featuring a Q&A with artist Ama Josephine Budge and writer Dr. Chelsea M. Frazier, moderated by Dr. J.T. Roane (Arizona State University)
6 May 2022

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King's College London
Inhuman Memory: ‘Race’ and Ecology Across Timescales
26 April 2022

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Nottingham Contemporary​
After Growth: A Symposium on Post-Capitalist Imaginaries
19 March 2022 – 20 March 2022

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Science Fiction as Activism Workshop 
Storyhouse Literature Festival 6th November 2021
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