CURATORIAL ACTIVISM

-Ism | 2020- Present, London / Los Angeles. -Ism is an international consultancy working with a global network of transdisciplinary, ancient wisdom, ecological knowledge, algorithmic, quantum, consciousness and legacy building humans. Rooted in Adah Parris’s manifesto ‘Cyborg Shamanism’ and Marques Anderson’s cultural strategy ‘The Anatomy of Transformation’, this platform believes that ancient wisdom with new technologies leads to futurist innovations. Under its umbrella, decentralised pattern recognition, problem-solving and experiences to begin again.

Fellow Member | Co-creation of content and fellow member.

Counterspace | 2019 – Present, London / International. Counterspace is the first decolonial thinktank mapping and exploring Cultural Activism worldwide. Shaped by the space-time of the decolonial process, Counterspace’s unlearning zone-phase comprises resources and experiences to unpack and redefine so far consisting of online and printed publications, a decolonial library, decolonial labs, and forum talks. And Counterspace’s relearning zone-phase comprises resources and experiences to reconnect holistically so far consisting of a Radical Imagination library, Mutation School, Mutants podcast, and a Cultural Activism global network browsable by continent, praxis and social construct. A Beuys-inspired ‘Social Sculpture’ directory which by connecting the dots, links the experiences and culture shakers (artists, curators or both) creatively decolonising culture, inspiring others to join the collective machinery towards change.

Founding Curator | Researcher. Curator. Editor. Author. Speaker. Lab facilitator. Podcaster. Communication. Key achievements: Founding curator of the first decolonial thinktank mapping and exploring Cultural Activism worldwide. Founding curator of the first Decolonial Lab. Founding curator of the first holistic Mutation School. Published by Humanities, Arts and Society + Memory of the Future (Paris); London Institute of Contemporary Arts (London); A Beautiful Resistance (Seattle); Ouvrage (Montreal); and Inhabit (Paris). Partnered up with Actipedia + Center for Artistic Activism (New York), Social Art Network (UK), -Ism (London), Publib (UK), Utopian Studies Society (UK), and Antiuniversity Now (London). Community organising fostering Social Practice Art global networks, and unity bridging neocolonial and hierarchical gaps, as a key collective liberation factor in a – still dividing – identity politics activism scene.

Haringey Arts | 2016-2017, London. Haringey Arts is a community interest company developing the North London living/working converted warehouses district of Haringey connecting the creative talent in the area through events, workshops and collaborations creating profile.

Assistant Curator | Curation of commissioned artwork for warehouse related projects. Social Media Manager of ‘Tottenham Creative Warehouse District’. HA website updates & newsletters. Art programme curation for London primary schools with HA artists. Key achievements: Groundbreaking neighbourhood-based platform for gentrification-displaced artists, contexts of care/ dissent/ liberation and intentional intersection spaces for community development.

Black Cultural Archives | 2015, London. BCA is the first national Black Culture heritage public institution in the UK. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and celebrate Black Culture in Britain.

Relationship & Development Assistant | Digital Marketing. Key achievement: Revealing hidden histories of Britain’s Black heritage focusing on social and political issues through art.

Peckham Platform | 2015, London. Peckham Platform is a social art gallery connecting people, art and place in the South London neighbourhood of Peckham believing that communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists bringing meaningful contemporary Social Practice alive influencing policy making in the area and beyond.

Gallery Assistant | Assisting ‘Twelve’ exhibition by Melanie Manchot, ‘Cuming: a Natural Selection’ exhibition by Janetka Platun and ‘Doing Nothing is Not an Option: in Memory of Nigerian Writer and Activist Ken Saro-Wiwa’ exhibition by Michael McMillan. Key achievement: Fostering Social Practice Art in disenfranchised and gentrificated Peckham neighbourhood.

Interarts | 2014, Barcelona / International. Interarts is a private agency which specialises in human development through culture via cultural policies and cultural cooperation.

Project Assistant – Content Curator | Curator of Fomecc – Creative Industries Networking Platform in Spain, South America and West Africa, researching and selecting content, community build-up and follow-up. Key achievement: Community organising fostering creative industries international networks.

Ribermusica |  2007-2009, Barcelona. Ribermusica is a nonprofit organisation with a long trajectory working on social art using music as a tool for cohesion in Barcelona’s neighbourhood La Ribera through several community-based projects. Among them, Ribermusica Festival which brings music performances into unusual places.

Assistant Curator | Booking of 20 unusual venues (shops, libraries, barbershops, bakeries, parks, restaurants, hotels …) for editions 2007, 2008 and 2009. Key achievements: Hosting horizontal music performances, creating contexts of care/ dissent / liberation and intentional intersection spaces for community gathering / development.

HostelArt | 2005-2013, Barcelona. HostelArt was a groundbreaking platform in the independent backpackers hostel sector creating an alternative room for arts & culture by developing a nonprofit project where artists, travellers + city audience and hostels, benefited from a free monthly cultural programme. And where artists benefited from international art residencies in other European independent backpackers hostels.

Founding Curator |  Production, organisation, administration and communication of ninety-six art exhibitions, four hundred concerts, four hundred Dj sessions, four hundred screenings, two charity theme Festivals, a fashion catwalk, one hundred design markets, five outdoor live graffiti paintings, five big decoration projects and three international art residencies in other European independent backpackers hostels.  Key achievements: Democratising art, creating different art circuits, providing space for Barcelona’s multidisciplinary arts underground scene, facilitating international and local community gathering and intentional intersection contexts of dissent / liberation. Inspiring following independent backpackers hostels bringing arts & culture to their spaces worldwide.