ABOUT THE WORK
Alberta Whittle’s major new work takes the voice of the River Thames as its starting point. Working with science fiction writer Ama Josephine Budge, Whittle’s commission will look at colonial histories, police brutality and imagined futures. What stories would waterways from the Thames to the Atlantic tell us? The commission will include film, installation, costumes, sound and performance and will offer time and space for healing and reset.
The work will manifest as two performances, one at Somerset House which will be screened as part of Art Night’s online programme, and the other will take place at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. A selection of Whittle’s films will be screened with Peak at Abergavenny Station in Wales and at KLA ART Festival in Uganda.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alberta Whittle (b.1980, Bridgetown Barbados) lives and works in Glasgow. Whittle’s practice-led research involves performance, writing, digital collage and video installation. Selected solo and group shows including Dundee Contemporary Arts, (2019), 13th Havana Biennial (2019), GoMA, Glasgow (2019), The Showroom, London (2018), National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (2018), RAW Material, Dakar (2018), FADA Gallery, Johannesburg (2018) and at the Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015). Whittle was the 2018 recipient of The Margaret Tait Award.