photo: courtesy Barbara Walker and Cristea Roberts Gallery, London/Chris Keenan © Barbara Walker
With Ruqayya Bryce and Wanja Kimani.
What does it mean to responsibly manage stories, objects and the collection and acquisition of them, and how do we choose who and what to remember? How should institutions engage with differing interpretations of history? This conversation will ask these questions and focus on how institutions can navigate the challenges around managing contentious histories.
Wanja Kimani is a visual artist, writer and curator based in rural Northamptonshire, UK. Her research interests lie in the intersection of art, evolutionary ecology and the politics of gender and sexuality. In 2021, she was commissioned by the Women’s Art Collection to respond to their exhibition, Maud Sulter: The Centre of the Frame and she created a film and publication, Tongues, which explored fairytales, language and black girlhood. In 2022, she was one of the artists to represent Kenya at the 59th Venice Biennale. She is currently Exhibition Project Curator for Black Atlantic: Power, People Resistance at The Fitzwilliam Museum and is a PhD candidate in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London.