Reviewing contemporary work through the lens of a variety of Black, brown and BEA makers and creators, movers and shakers, Tell Dem is here to offer advice to emerging artists, dissect current affairs, share tips about navigating the industry as artists of colour – and to throw all of the shade.
Episode 4 features performance artist & producer Louisa Robbin, poet & performer Jeremiah ‘SugarJ’ Brown, and writer-performer Rumi Woolf. They discuss why and how trauma is central to their work, what they do to practice self-care as a performer, implicating audiences in intimate spaces and a demonic Peppa Pig. Tobi’s guests also review Phoebe Boswell’s exhibition The Space Between Things which featured at Autograph gallery earlier this year; find out more about Phoebe’s work here: https://www.phoebeboswell.com/about.
Content warning: explicit discussions around trauma, mental health and self-harm.
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Tobi Kyeremateng is a theatre, poetry and festival producer based in South West London, invested in creating provocative and significant live performance exploring socio-politics, community engagement and artistic collaboration.
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Louisa Robbin is a live artist, writer and producer. Drawn towards the unconventional, she is particularly interested in performance, artist development, and producing innovative participatory projects and events. Louisa has produced work for arts festivals such as BUZZCUT and Fierce Festival and collaborated with organisations across the UK, including the Wellcome Collection, MAC Birmingham and NAE. Her zine, ‘Self-care: A Guide to Being an Artist and Being OK', is out now with Oberon Books.
Jeremiah ‘SugarJ’ Brown or SugarJ Poet is a Black British-Jamaican writer and performer based in Croydon. He has performed internationally taking his poetry to cities such as New York and Los Angeles, while featuring at numerous venues across the UK such as the Barbican, Birmingham NEC, and the Southbank Centre. His debut show Likkle Rum with Grandma sold out at Bernie Grants Arts Centre, the Roundhouse and the Albany and will tour tjhe UK in Spring 2020.
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Rumi Woolf's performance practice explores the residue of time and how it emerges within ontology to create an entity in constant metamorphosis - the soul. Using the body as a material, Woolf tries to break the socio-political borders held between identities, by creating participatory action between strangers to unify two bodies by allowing the inner world within each body to find manifest within the 'other'. Rumi is currently writing ‘VOID’, directed by Malakaï Sargeant, and is undergoing a year long performance piece called 'Anatomy of War'. He is a Fine Art student at Central Saint Martins.
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