This is a space requested by Kenyan artists the Nest Collective to meet and interact with those whom identify as Black, BIPOC Londoners who are active in social change. It is a rare opportunity for global majority artists to connect and part of LIFT’s commitment to enabling artists to connect deeper and more locally to London than ever before.
Bringing together London’s feminist, trans, queer and ecological activists, Kitchen Conversations will connect Londoners who identify as Black, African, and African diasporic. The Nest will host a series of salons for improvised, intimate and in-depth conversations, where they’ll explore activism, identity, and create new connections between the African Diaspora and people who live on, and are more connected to, the African continent.`
Kitchen Conversations is presented in partnership with the with London Borough of Culture and supported by SOAS. These are events which prioritise Lewisham residents and SOAS staff and students to come together and discuss activism and Black experience.
We strive to be an inclusive and anti-racist organisation. We are commitment to acknowledging the intersection of people’s lives and believe it is important to create safe spaces for those whom have what may be considered as subcultural beliefs within marginalised communities, to share personal experiences which may cover sensitive topics such as discrimination/abuse free from fear of being judged.
Those whom advocate for others have an important role in society however this event aims to bring together, celebrate and give platform to those who typically have unheard voices in wider society.
We encourage those who identify as Black, African, and African diasporic and have relevant professional work experience or track record of activism to participate. This can be at the intersection of feminist, trans, queer, race and ecological activism.
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The Nest Collective
— A multidisciplinary arts collective
— The Feminine and the Foreign
A multidisciplinary arts collective
The Nest Collective
The Nest Collective is a multidisciplinary arts collective living and working in Nairobi. Founded in 2012, the collective has created works in film, music, fashion, visual arts and literature such as the critically-acclaimed queer anthology film Stories of Our Lives, which has so far screened in over 80 countries and won numerous awards. The Nest Collective also founded HEVA—Africa’s first creative business fund of its kind—to strengthen the livelihoods of East Africa’s creative entrepreneurs.
The collective uses an applied-research holistic methodology to create cultural bodies of work with film, fashion, literature and other media. These interventions are designed to engage audiences using multiple points of entry and reflection, thus enabling nuanced consideration, discussion and debate of the issues raised, while also advancing aesthetic and artistic value.
Due to the multidisciplinary nature of their work, the collective have screened film and TV works at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlinale, the BFI, the MoMA and other festivals in Colombia, Ghana, Cape Town, Botswana, Seoul, Taiwan and Lagos, exhibited their visual arts works at the Vitra Design Museum, the Royal Pavilion, the Guggenheim Bilbao, hosted talks and performances at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Design Indaba and What Design Can Do, held DJ parties in Amsterdam and Copenhagen, all while continuing to draw connections and parallels back to their home in Nairobi.
Commissioned by LIFT, Institute for the Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town, the British Council and LIFT Tottenham. Supported by British Council’s Sub-Saharan Africa new Art new Audiences programme, the Goethe-Institut London, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, We Are Lewisham and the Albany. Presented in association with Shipwright.
We Are Lewisham is presented by Lewisham Council and the Albany as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.
Artwork by Leon Davis (@xtrava.ganza).
Shipwright, one of the few remaining parts of Deptford’s former royal dockyard, is a home and creative space for artists, performers, and audiences from around the globe.