‘Our Aliveness’: Screening of Black Poirot and discussion with the director

A painted abstract scene reminiscent of cubist art. The scene depicted is a nightclub with three-quarters of the canvas filled with abstract people dancing. In the background, there is a large sound system. The work is made up of blues, purples and whites.
Itchin & Scratchin by Denzil Forrester (2019) © Denzil Forrester. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Mark Blower. Private Collection.

8 March 2024, 19.00-20.00

The Ondaatje Wing Theatre

£10 (£8 Members / concessions)

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To celebrate the opening of The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure, join artist and director, Rosa-Johan Uddoh.

A screening of Black Poirot, described by Rosa as ‘a 20-minute ride on the Orientalised-Other Express’, the film will be followed by an in-conversation with the director.

Responding to themes explored in the exhibition, this evening session will celebrate the concept of ‘Blackness’ as a way to foster kinship and community.

Additional activities on the night will include a night-life photography workshop by Eddie Otchere; a performance by sound and visual artist, Damsel Elysium; and a DJ set in our main hall.

Colour head and shoulder portrait of young woman wearing a tall, pink paper hat.
Rosa-Johan Uddoh in 'Ye Olde Performance', 2023, photo by Anne Tetzlaff

Rosa-Johan Uddoh (b. Croydon, 1993) is an interdisciplinary artist working towards radical self-love, inspired by Black feminist practice and writing. 

Through performance, writing, film and multi-media installation, she explores the effects of specific places, objects and characters in popular culture, on self-formation. Using humour, parody and collaboration, she appropriates popular media formats to critically engage people often excluded from Art.

Rosa was shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2022 for her film-making. She has had solo exhibitions at Focal Point Gallery (Southend-on-sea), Bluecoat (Liverpool), Destiny's (Oslo), Workplace Gallery, The Bower, Jupiter Woods and Black Tower Projects (London). Group exhibitions include Pioneer Works (New York), Steve Turner (Los Angeles), Bergen Kunsthall (Bergen), Exile Gallery (Vienna) and 68 Institute (Copenhagen).

Her remastered version of her film Black Poirot was premiered at Tate Modern in 2022. Her work has been profiled in publications including Art Monthly, New York Times and Nordic Art Review

Rosa's first book Practice Makes Perfect was published by Book Works and Focal Point Gallery in 2022 and her public artwork 'She is Still Alive!' is currently on show with Southwark Park Galleries.

Alayo Akinkugbe graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in History of Art in 2021 and graduated with an MA in Curating The Art Museum from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2023.

She is the founder of the Instagram platform @AblackHistoryOfArt, which highlights Black artists, sitters, curators and thinkers from art history and the present day, and is the host of A Shared Gaze Podcast. She is a contributing editor and writes the column Black Gazes for AnOther Magazine.