Formed out of the Baldwin’s Nigger Reloaded Project initiated by artist Barby Asante and curator Teresa Cisneros in 2013, sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (various, London, UK) is a collective united by a rejection of anti-blackness, heteronormativity and neo-colonialism. The collective is formed of young artists, thinkers, makers and activists who are committed to contributing to intersectional struggles for liberation through creative practice.
They have presented work and curated events at InIVA, The Wellcome Collection, Art Rotterdam, The International James Baldwin Conference Paris, The Showroom, The October Gallery, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning and the Black Film, British Cinema Conference 2017. They are currently Learning Associates at the Institute of Contemporary Arts London.
sorryyoufeeluncomfortable are Imani Robinson, Rabz Lansiquot, Jacob V Joyce, Deborah Findlater, Buki Bayode, Felix Choong and guests’..
Between 2015-2017, SYFU have undertaken residencies Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham, UK), 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning (London, UK), Framer Framed (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Wellcome Collection (London, UK), The Showroom (London, UK), Iniva (London, UK).
For more information visit: http://cargocollective.com/syfu
(But) What Are You Doing About White Supremacy?
Sorryyoufeeluncomfortable is a collective of thinkers and makers who use art practice and dialogue to explore dominant social discourses and re-imagine new ways of living, practicing and being in the world.
(BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY? will respond to contemporary manifestations of white supremacy, strategies for action, healing and justice and consider how these relate to the city of Glasgow and those people and artists who live here. The Gallow Gate at Many Studios will become a space for radical exploration hosting discussions, screenings and workshops led by sorryyoufeeluncomfortable and guests.
An updated programme of events will be available at manystudios.co.uk/syfu.
Supported by Glasgow International.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Wed – Sun, 12 noon-5pm
Thurs 10 – Sun 20 May
Thurs – Sun, 12 noon-5pm
Artists Roundtable will invite our audience to listen in to a conversation between the exhibiting artists for sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective’s residency at The Gallow Gate at Many Studios: (BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY?
Artists will fluidly discuss their practices and the work in the exhibition, as well as themes and connections present in the show and the wider SYFU programming.
Fri 20 April
Black British Shorts: Curated Screening and Performance
sorryyoufeeluncomfortable present a screening of Black British shorts by emerging artists. To what extent can the work of Black filmmakers contribute to the wider movement for freedom? Is representation enough? How can visual media contribute to contemporary narratives of emancipation?
The screening will include a performance lecture choreographed by Halima Haruna + Imani Robinson.
Join SYFU members Rabz Lansiquot + Imani Robinson for a post show Q&A to discuss moving beyond representation, towards liberation in Black film + performance.
The first iteration of Black British Shorts was commissioned by Carey Robinson at the ICA as part of the 2017 Black Film British Cinema Conference in collaboration with Goldsmiths College.
Friday 22 April, 4pm-6pm
Barby Asante and sorryyoufeeluncomfortable
Baldwin’s Nigger Reloaded II
Join artist Barby Asante and sorryyoufeeluncomfortable for a performance in response to Horace Ove’s film ‘Baldwin’s Nigger’, 1969 – a documentary of James Baldwin and Dick Gregory discussing the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s Great Britain.
In conversation with a number of local people involved in arts and cultural work, social justice and activism Barby and sorryyoufeeluncomfortable will rework the script for ‘Baldwin’s Nigger’, forming the basis for a performance which engages with many issues we are facing at this time in history and how James Baldwin’s writings and thinking resonate with society today.
For more information and to book a free ticket please see Eventbrite.
Saturday 5 May, 6.30pm-8pm
Queering the Black Atlantic
Queering the Black Atlantic is a themed reading group and interactive workshop.
sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective will host a collective study of excerpts from the work of Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Hortense Spillers and Saidiya Hartman. Participants will read each excerpt together and discuss the themes and connections between them and their relevance for our everyday lives.
This reading group is free and open to all. There is no need to have read any of the selected works, and excerpts of the readings will be provided on the day.
Sat 21 April, 3.30-5.30pm
On Translation: Seminar with Halima Haruna
ON TRANSLATION – learning to become untranslatable, becoming the lacuna (the gap), to be beyond translation
the heft is not ‘translatability’ as in ‘replaceability’, but in being unknown, not being replaceable / commensurable with another
to resist translation is to resist being subsumed into the processes and logics of racialisation and capitalist exploitation.
to remain not as the Other in relation to a separate body, but to be internal/opaque, to look inside, to avert the gaze inwards…
a manual based directly on the personally transcribed script of an Act of Xala. A method of appropriating methods of ‘becoming untranslatable’ whilst being a world that demands translatability from me.
this manual will be based a series of instructions for bodily movement that in themselves will resist translation.
goal of the exercise:
how to use the performative which is frequently linked with forms of exposing injustices; we hope to turn the performance into an instrument of concealment by inscribing the methods within the film.
join us for a 45-min excerpt of Ousmane Sembene’s film Xala, followed by a collective performance and a roundtable discussion.
Thursday 19 April