SEASON TWO Episode 2 Guest Photographer Kristen Joy Emack

KRISTEN JOY EMACK is a photographer and public-school family liaison living in Massachusetts. Her work focuses on family; the neglected everyday representations of Black childhood. As I edited this episode, Kristen heard that she had won the Critical Mass TOP 50 Award & Exhibition curated by Elizabeth Avedon. Of her series ‘Lapaloosa’ which features her daughter, she says ‘Her childhood unfurls in the tight spaces that city living demands. Because childhood reverie is typically expressed as grounded in nature, sun-kissed, barefooted and blonde, I wonder how her confidence, and sense of validation in the world is affected when her narrative goes unseen. The series ‘Cousins’ is part of the ongoing family project, of which she adds ‘As they have matured, they have begun to understand that the lives of Black girls are not well documented, and one added intention of this series is to bring forward that perspective.’ We talked about the spaces in which she is comfortable showing her work; and as a white mother who features her biracial daughters in her photography, the responses from the audience. Through our conversations I was reminded of artist Amy Sherald’s recent NY Times quote about why representations of the everyday lives of the black community has become more important ‘I realized I’d never seen black narratives that had frivolity, that weren’t heavy and serious, that didn’t show us running for our lives, struggling for our lives. And I realized that I didn’t want to make work that was necessarily didactic, but instead was just about everyday blackness.’

SEASON TWO Episode 1 Guest Daniel Oduntan Interdisciplinary Artist & Creative Director

SEASON TWO This week I chat with Artist & Creative Director, Daniel Oduntan. Daniel has shown work at the V&A and was awarded the Best New Emerging Artist by the Mica Gallery. As a sound artist he’s created projects featured on OkayAfrica and the Boiler Room. We talk about his recent project on social housing in South London, and the effects of regeneration on Black creativity. Plus some chat on how he’s worked on projects with my favourite artists. Our chat started off on Daniels bus ride to Peckham, and finished in a Park - so there will be a few sirens and ‘lil traffic noise in the background and big laughs throughout.. enjoy! 

Episode 10 Guest Artist Nikesha Breeze

This week I chat with Nikesha Breeze, an African American/Assyrian, artist, painter, sculptor, performance artist and teacher. For Nikesha, Art making is the highest form of resistance and resilience. The intersectionality she carries as a queer, black, mother, has given her art its own voice. Raised in a family of 10 brothers and sisters in the rural northwest United States, she has experienced racism, poverty, homophobia, misogyny and classism throughout her life. All this becomes the foundation of the work she makes. I talked with Nikesha as she was travelling between her home in New Mexico to Ghana, to participate in a monumental sculpture project with award-winning Ghanaian artist Kwame Bamfo, which seeks to use mostly sculptures to tell the story of African heritage and Ancestral honoring.

Copy of Episode 9 Guest Photographer & Curator of Photographers of Colour Aaron Turner

Guest Photographer and Curator of Photographers of Colour Aaron Taylor, talks about his series 'Isolated Truths' - portraits of people of the Appalachia Region of the Staes, who identify as mixed African American, Native American and European American. His 'Black Alchemy' series approaches the uses of identity, racial passing, the historical archive and the studio, while also thinking about the black artist as subject. He shares thoughts on the current 'trend' for auction house and galleries to acquire Black Art, and also the works of the photographers he most admirers

Episode 8 Guest Harvard Researcher Nadia Craddock on Colourism

This week I chat with Nadia Craddock. Nadia has a first class degree in Psychology from the University of Bath and a Masters in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard. She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Appearance Research, exploring whether big business can foster positive body image. She has contributed to various publications including Gal Dem, has recently chaired a live public debate with Professor Bryn Austin and Jameelia Jamil for Harvards Chan Public Health Dept. We talk today about her collaborative research with Dr Aisha Phoenix on Colourism

Episode 7 Guest Nels Abbey Author 'Think Like a White Man'

Guest Author Nels Abbey. Nels was a banker for BlackRock, before he choose writing as his discipline of choice as a tool for highlighting and challenging racism. His bestselling book ‘Think Like a White Man’ takes a satirical look at the structures of racism within the workplace, and is published by Canongate.