Poulomi will introduce her work in context to the groups she is and has been involved with, focusing on the ideas of risk and "what is to be done"... The talk will be a performance, and the performance will involve talking - all partially improvised. Bring something that makes a sound for a group recording.
Poulomi Desai is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Heritage Quay archives / British Music Collection, Curator / Project Manager of "We are the Lions" - the first comprehensive exhibition about the Grunwick strike in the 70s and runs the Usurp Art space. She is self-taught and has been involved in performance, live art, sound and photography installations interrogating the politics of identity, listening and perception, inspired by her activist background and DIY post punk for over 30 years. She creates performances / compositions with modified sitars, electronics and VLF radio - solo, duos and ensembles. Exhibitions/projections include, The Queens Museum, The Serpentine Gallery, Photographers Gallery, Ministry of Sound, Heaven, The Science Museum, The Oxford Gallery India, Futuresonic and Souzouzukan 9001 Japan. Commissions and performances include, Sonic Acts, LCMF, Fort Process, Clandestino, Colour Out of Space. Her work has been published in six books and she co-founded the youngest black/asian performance company in the UK - HAC in 1981, the first South Asian LGBTT campaigning club - Shakti in 1988 and the first HIV/AIDS charity in India - NAZ/NFI in 1991. "Her irreverent aim is to shatter the contours of these fixed notions of sexual, national, cultural, personal, political and diasporic identities"Professor Stuart Hall, Different, Pub.Phaidon.
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