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Current exhibition

Lessons from lockdown:

An online exhibition responding to the current global situation (15 Sept. – 6 Nov. 2020)

Current exhibition

Lessons From Lockdown: Learning from the pandemic

For our first online exhibition we present three newly commissioned artworks addressing critical concerns brought to the forefront during the global pandemic: decolonizing culture, pollution, and lockdown experiences in the global South.

The exhibition runs 15 September – 6 November 2020.


  • 'And This Too Shall Pass: Decolonizing Film’
    by Dr. June Givanni and Jan Asante
    Cinema archivist Givanni and curator Asante’s film revisits the era of the Black Film Bulletin, founded by Givanni and Gaylene Gould at the BFI in 1993. The film essay retraces the iconic voices of Black artists, filmmakers and cultural commentators who contributed including extracts from articles written by Black British filmmaker John Akomfrah, and interviews with pioneering director Horace Ové, veteran producer Nadine Marsh-Edwards and director Ngozi Onwurah, the first Black woman to direct a feature film in the UK.

  • ‘I see you Vero, I see you Rosina: finding our common threads’
    by Veronica Betani and Rosina Maepa

    Betani and Maepa live more than 1000km apart in South Africa and have never met. In the film the two artists use WhatsApp to exchange details of their lives affected by COVID-19, before they each create embroidery inspired by the conversations. The exchanges share how they create artwork at home amidst power cuts and caring responsibilities.

  • ‘Particulate Matters 2.5’
    by Jennie Pedley

    Artist and NHS physiotherapist Pedley’s film is inspired by research into links between the pandemic and pollution. Exploring the health of both the body and the environment, the artwork poses questions about how we can live now. A scarred torso becomes the setting for this film it performs deep breathing techniques which set off a stream of ambiguous objects. Sound is by Mollusc Music.

All artworks have subtitles in English. Audio described versions of the artworks are available: This Too Shall Pass: Decolonizing Film, Our Common Threads, Particulate Matters 2.5.

Image: ‘Particulate Matters 2.5’ (2020) by Jennie Pedley