Somerset House Studios, Lancaster Rooms
Friday 02 August
Deep End is an evening of poetry, performances and live music exploring Black diasporic identity.
Deep end describes a body of water where the depth is greatest. It can also speak of emotional depth or the fluidity of water that represents movement and migration, change and the passage of time.
This event showcases the multimedia project POOL, conceived by Somerset House Studios Resident Nadeem Din-Gabisi, examining the mental health issues of many young Black men, born in inner and outer London. Questioning why some sink, why some swim and why others don’t enter the POOL. Nadeem will be performing with Coby Sey, Momoko Watanabe Gill, Clara Sinephro and artist Kobby Adi.
Zimbabwean-born London-based writer & educator Belinda Zhawi will be performing her poetry alongside South-London poet and DJ James Massiah. Master producer and sound curator Lord Tusk closes the night with a DJ set.
Please note this is an 18+ event.
Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer & educator currently based in London. Her work explores Afro-diasporic research & narratives; how art & education can be used as intersectional tools. She was the 2016/17 Institute of Contemporary Arts Associate Poet & is co-founder of, literary arts platform, BORN::FREE. Belinda is the author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018).
James Massiah is a poet & DJ from South London whose work explores ideas about sexuality, mortality & ethics through performance, writing & visual media. His latest project ‘Optimism 101’ is a series of 101 poems reflecting on stoicism, materialism, hedonism & excess, all written in January 2019, as a reflection on personal experiences from the previous year.
Studios resident Nadeem Din-Gabisi is a visual and sound artist, dj and poet. His work is centred around the re-presentation of the Black image, pertaining to people of African Descent and the limitlessness of what it means to be Black, other and more than that. His practice has been influenced by many years of work as a youth and play worker. Nadeem has recently completed his Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art.
Lord Tusk is a master producer, sound curator and connoisseur of unplayed and eclectic Audio Waves. He has associated with acts like Klein, John T. Gast, Dean Blunt, Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def, and released on Jon Rust’s Levels, Funkineven’s Apron, Soul Jazz Records and Low Income $quad.
Date: Friday 02 Aug 2019
Time: 19.30 – 23.00
Tickets: £8.00 / £7.00 concession
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