BBZ BLK BK: Alternative Graduate Show

Evan Ifekoya

Evan Ifekoya’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound, focused on co- authored, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of spectacle. Ifekoya’s recent work has been presented at: Contemporary Arts Centre New Orleans as part of Prospect 4; Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Plymouth Arts Centre; Serpentine Galleries, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; (2017); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2016). Recent performances have taken place at Brunel Museum as part of Block Universe in collaboration with Victoria Sin, Camden Arts Centre (2018), ICA London and KW institute, Berlin (2017) and Jerwood Space, London and Whitstable Biennial (2016). Ifekoya was an Art Foundation Fellow in Live Art, 2017. Forthcoming is a solo exhibition ‘Ritual Without Belief’ at Gasworks Gallery, London opening July 2018 and a public art commission with Studio Voltaire and Lambeth Council, part of Clapham Public Realm Programme to launch Autumn 2018.

Zinzi Minott

Zinzi Minott’s solo and collaborative pursuits focus on the relationships between dance and politics. Strongly identifying as a dancer, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance and the place of black female bodies within the form. She is interested in how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. Zinzi is interested in the space between dance and other art forms, and though her practice is driven through dance, the outcomes range from performance and live art to sound, film, dances and object-based work.

She successfully premiered her new work What Kind of Slave Would I Be? to a full house at Rich Mix and is planning to tour the piece this autumn alongside an R&D period into a new work based on the dance in grime.

In 2016/17 she was an artist in residence at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain. During her time there she was commissioned by Tate to create her last piece “Nowse Bwoy and Aunty_The saving of a life” which premiered in February 2017 at Tate Britain as part of the BP Families Festival with sound from cellist Pete Yelding. She has also been artist-in-residence at Rch Mix and Dance Research Space 2016/17 and currently resident artist at Somerset House and Once Dance UK Trailblazer. Most recently she has been awarded funds from the ACE Artist International Development Fund, Jerwood Micro Bursary and the Live Art UK/Live Art Development Agency - Diverse Actions Leadership Bursary. She is currently artist-in-residence at the Serpentine Gallery.
Ajamu X

Ajamu is a London based fine art photographer and queer visual activist with a special interest in alternative printing processes, darkrooms and the materiality /physicality of the image.  

In 2000, he co-founded rukus! Federation an award winning charity and in 2005 launched Europe’s first dedicated archive to collect, preserve, exhibit and otherwise make available to the public cultural and artistic materials related to Black LGBTQ communities across the UK.  

Ajamu studied at the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and is currently a PhD researcher at the Royal College of Art, London.

Barby Asante

Barby Asante is a London based artist, curator, educator and occasional DJ. Her artistic practice explores the archival, makes propositions, collects and maps stories and contributions of people of colour using storytelling, collective actions, and ritual, to excavate, unearth and interrogate given narratives.  She resists the idea that the stories of "Other-ness" are alternatives to dominant given narratives, but are interruptions, utterances, presences that exist within, that are invisible, unheard, missing or ignored. By making these narratives visible, asking questions and making proposals she is interested in what these possibilities offer as we examine our present and envision our futures. Asante has taught on fine art programmes in London, Berlin, Gothenburg and Rotterdam. She is co founder of agency for agency a collaborative agency concerned with ethics, intersectionality and education in the contemporary arts who are mentors to the sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective. Asante is also on the board of the Women's Art Library and Associate Curator at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning.

Campbell X

Campbell is an award-winning filmmaker who directed the queer urban romcom feature film Stud Life (2012) which was awarded the Screen Nations Independent Spirit Award (2013) and the Best Black LGBT film in the Hotter Than July Film Festival (2013) Campbell's recent film DES!RE (2017) is a meditation on desire for queer masculinity including transgender masculinity and female masculinity.

VISIBLE (2018) explores questions around the invisibility of QTIPOC history in the UK. Campbell was the consulting editor of documentary Queerama (2017) directed by Daisy Asquith.

In 2013 Campbell was selected to be on the jury for Short films for Outfest LGBT film Festival in Los Angeles, the jury for Lili Award in MIX Copenhagen in 2015, the IRIS Prize, and Doc N Roll Festival Campbell is developing their second feature film Low Rider, produced by Stella Nwimo and co-written by Guy Bolton.

Campbell was one of the directors of Spectrum London (2017) a webseries a drama written by Jake Graf, created, devised and produced by Monica Y Dee, exploring the lives of queer people in London - which includes a multiethnic and transgender and non-trans cast and Different for Girls (2017/18) an adaptation of the LGBTQ+ bonkbuster novel Different for Girls set in Chiswick West London. Different for Girls is written by Jacquie Lawrence and produced by Fizz Milton. It was the Special Presentation at BFI Flare (2017).