Nairobi meets south-London on the banks of the Thames. Kenyan multidisciplinary artists the Nest Collective are hosting a party, bringing Black sounds from the diaspora and intimate portraits of the lives of Black activists into a hidden palace in Deptford. Move from day to night in an explosion of music and film fuelled by street food and cocktails from local Black-owned businesses.
Internationally renowned filmmakers, fashion designers, visual artists and DJs the Nest Collective have collaborated with activists and artists in London and Cape Town all the way from their home in Nairobi, Kenya, to create a series of brief, evocative documentaries. Screening in the garden of Shipwright, these are intimate profiles of people who have pushed back against the forces that oppress and violate minority communities worldwide, with a focus on feminist, queer and migrant rights. The Feminine and the Foreign elicits memory, tenderness, and solidarity through evocative and expressive narration and visuals.
The garden will be brought to life by the Nest and a line-up of London DJs, including Deptford-based AAJA Radio, to soundtrack the afternoon.
Going deeper, the Nest will host a series of salons, Kitchen Conversations, in partnership with London Borough of Culture and supported by SOAS. Bringing together London’s feminist, trans, queer and ecological activists, Kitchen Conversations will connect Londoners who identify as Black, African, and African diasporic, for a series of 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.
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.
London photography and filming by Timi Akindele-Ajani
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.