Unspeakable Things Unspoken: Transatlantic Slavery - A Public Conversation - an Evening Showcase

  • Nottingham Contemporary Weekday Cross Nottingham, England, NG1 2GB United Kingdom

Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Panya Banjoko, Professor Alison Ward, Renaissance One, Michael Brome, Marcus Joseph

An evening of performance, conversation and music that will explore transatlantic slavery and its legacies through the work of renowned Jamaican poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and regional writers and musicians Michael Brome, Panya Banjoko and Marcus Joseph

Breeze is acclaimed for her inventive use of the dub artform, and her poetry gives voice to disenfranchised people as well as personal, social, political and historical issues, and the importance of linking the personal to the political. In this event, she considers the tangled relationship between gender, sexuality, class and race, with a particular focus on the experiences of Caribbean women, through a performance and an in-conversation with Abigail Ward (University of Nottingham).

Michael Brome and Marcus Joseph collaborate on a spoken word and music piece commissioned by literature curator Melanie Abrahams, and Panya Banjoko performs new and selected poems on the event's themes. The artists and curators all have Caribbean parentage (Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad) and as an intrinsic part of the legacy of slavery and colonialism, imbue a broad range of ethnicities and perspectives.

Read about the daytime Conference and the evening Event here

This evening event has been co-curated by The Centre for Race and Rights (C3R) which was founded in 2013 with a focus on research and public engagement that challenges all forms of racism, discrimination and rights violation, and Renaissance One, a cultural activist organisation who have consistently pushed for greater diversity in the arts through production, artists representation, mentoring and initiatives, with a particular focus on the narratives of race and culture.