To love, care, breathe … series of new commissions

5 new, exciting commissions addressing the intersectional themes of migration, racial and climate justice in the UK.

Image: BLKBRD Collective, Ghost Meridian, project commissioned by Royal Museums Greenwich

The exciting new series of commissions features works that are addressing the intersectional themes of migration, racial and climate justice.

Through these commissions, the five selected artists will be re-imagining how we look at history; how we respond to current social movements and emergencies; and what worlds might be possible post-Covid-19. The artists will be sharing what they are observing in their local contexts and how the personal and the local might connect to larger and global ‘narratives’.

The outcomes of each commission will be presented in October this year:

Sonia Uddin, a socially engaged artist and filmmaker from London who has campaigned for better social housing and against council-led estate demolition, helping to found her local tenants association which she currently chairs. Sonia’s proposal is informed by the no. 4 point in the Black Panther 10 point programme – we want decent housing fit for the shelter of human beings.

BLKBRD Collective, a South London based collective of artists who seek to champion stories and experiences of people who have been sidelined from popular culture. Their aim is to explore the traditionally under-represented legacies of migration to the UK and firmly believe that art and community are inseparable, and with this commission they reflect on the ‘spiritual and emotional labour behind the migrant’s journey’.

Raheel Khan, a sound artist, music producer and pianist originally born in Nottingham and now based in Manchester. His work explores notions of heritage, migration, society and the inertia of cultural progression. Raheel combines field recordings, fragmented synthetic textures and piano compositions often creating pieces with both personal memories and collective consciousness.

This project also includes two commissions from our networks:

Emmanuela Yogolelo, a Manchester singer-songwriter, live performer, workshop facilitator, speaker and cultural leader. Originally from Upper Zaire and Kivu in the Eastern DR Congo, Emmanuela developed her passion for music from an early age, soaked as she was in the musical surroundings of her native land. With the commission Emmanuela will look at the role diaspora, and the indigenous storytelling traditions, have in the way we communicate around climate justice.

The fifth commission is a collaboration between poet Zia Ahmed and filmmaker and producer Hossam Fazulla. Hossam and Zia’s commission is a cross-artform exploration of home + hope, looking at the role communication plays in preserving both.