WHERE I’M COMING FROM
3rd to 30th August 2020
Supported by the Yinka Shonibare Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.
The month-long digital residency will dedicate one week to four languages that are very much present and spoken by a big portion of the migrant community actively working and contributing to the British economy and yet highly invisible: Filipino, Taiwanese, Yoruba and Berber languages. The aim is to reach out to their respective communities based in the UK in order to generate a space to recognise their own culture and traditions, as well as participating in the wider debate around the exclusivity of language in accessing the production and consumption of arts and culture. At the same time, the project wants to open up conversations within the sector to discuss the inclusion of underrepresented artists and groups, and their wider cultural presence in the international debate.
Where I’m Coming From will directly engage with community groups by involving them in leading food sessions, allowing the audience to participate from their own homes through the purchasing of prepared ingredient packs.
The project aims to increase opportunities for new ways of working collaboratively, mixing practices and rethinking the impact and role of arts and culture in a pandemic and post-pandemic scenario, keeping serious emphasis and careful thought of the vested importance of highlighting diversity and multiculturalism in such unique times. Along with this, the project also investigates and experiments on how to relocate and adapt concepts from one milieu to another, from a physical space to a digital one and vice versa.
Artists: Taiwo Aiyedogbon (NGA), Jelili Atiku (NGA), Rhine Bernardino (PHL/UK), Kuan-Yu Chen (TW/UK), Aki Pao-Chen Chiu (TW/UK), Fatima Mazmouz (MR), Gouri Mounir (AL/FR), Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, (PHL/DH), A ï cha El Beloui (MR), Vanessa Scully (PHL/UK), Yu-Chen Wang (TW/UK)