Africa Utopia Festival, Southbank Centre, July 22nd, 2018
Join us for a bold anti-conference working to envision black, POC, disabled, queer, trans and feminist futures. I/Mages of Tomorrow invites artists, activists and writers to discuss their visions of revolutionary futures on the African continent that are queer, sustainable, empowered and free.
Born in Nairobi, Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African storytellers. Her films have received international acclaim and been screened in numerous film festivals around the world. Her short sci-fi film Pumzi, set in a post-water-wars Kenya, screened at Sundance in 2010. To date, Kahiu has written and directed six films. Rafiki, her second feature film, became the first Kenyan film to feature at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. She is also an accredited coach, published writer and broadcaster for BBC Radio.
Evan Ifekoya is a London-based artist whose work has recently been shown at the Contemporary Arts Centre in New Orleans as part of Prospect 4; Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Plymouth Arts Centre; Serpentine Galleries, London; and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire. Ifekoya has also recently performed at Block Universe festival (in collaboration with Victoria Sin) and Camden Arts Centre, London. Ifekoya was an Art Foundation Fellow in Live Art, 2017. Upcoming projects include a public art commission with Studio Voltaire and Lambeth Council, as part of the Clapham Public Realm Programme launching in autumn 2018.
Leon Sealey-Huggins works at the University of Warwick where he teaches on the Global Sustainable Development (GSD) programme. His work centres on the social and political relations of climate change, with a particular focus on the Caribbean region. In this research Leon investigates what climate justice means in the context of global historical, and present, inequalities. He is part of a number of community engagement activities, including, most recently, a European Culture Foundation funded project entitled ‘Windrush Strikes Back!: Decolonising Global Warwickshire.
Erinma Ochu creates immersive and participatory works that situate us as part of the ‘trouble’. Trained originally as a neuroscientist and filmmaker, Erinma went on to design creative social and educational initiatives. Her practice-based research and teaching at The University of Salford is concerned with unearthing culturally diverse perspectives on how our environment affects how we live. She is a Trustee of Invisible Dust and Creative Director of Squirrel Nation Studio. Squirrel Nation are current visual artist residents at The Stuart Hall Library/ INIVA. She has held fellowships with NESTA, Wellcome and most recently Manchester International Festival/ Jerwood Foundation.
Ama Josephine Budge
Ama Josephine Budge is a speculative writer, artist, curator and pleasure activist whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental revolutions and queered identities. She is convenor of I/Mages of Tomorrow anti-conference, co-founder of The Batty Mama queer black collective and initiator of Self Love and Ecstasy pleasure collective. Ama has been published across news platforms, art journals and feminist periodicals. PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies with Dr Gail Lewis, Birkbeck (2018).