Friday 17 June 2022 - Saturday 25 June 2022
Bloc Project, 71 Eyre Ln, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 4RB
Becoming British is a performative exhibition, gathering and space for work centering immigrant narratives and experiences.
Curated by Lora Krasteva in collaboration with Aisha Seriki, Chris Cambell, Hassun El-Zafar and Nik Nak the exhibition will contain portraiture, erasure poetry, soundscapes and workshops you can take part in.
Throughout the exhibition there will be a radio broadcast streaming the activity in the space, and a series of interviews around the theme of Becoming British. You are welcome to contribute to the broadcast or tune in from anywhere in the world.
The exhibition is free to attend.
Join in the conversation on twitter, Facebook & Instagram with #BecomingBritish
Becoming British is funded by the Necessity Fund, developed with initial support from Sheffield Theatres and supported by SBC, Theatre Deli and the South Yorkshire Combined Mayoral Authority. Produced by Claire Gilbert.
With thanks to June Bellebono, Tony Ola, Christina Vaughan, Daisy Grant , Tommi & all at Sheffield Theatre.
Aisha Seriki is a Nigerian, London-based creative specialising in portrait/fashion photography. At the age of 8, her family emigrated from South East Asia to the UK and she has been residing in South London ever since. Aisha’s interest in photography stems from her father's obsession with documentation; specifically, that of all her significant childhood events. Aisha’s work is inspired by both imagination and experience. Centered around global social issues, her photography addresses blackness, gender, migration, class and the myriad points of intersection within all four.
Chris Cambell (He/They) is a mixed-race Native American with ADHD living as an immigrant in the UK. He is an award winning poet, storyteller, and graphic designer. He is the Co-Founder of Fight Evil With Poetry Press and loves speaking about culture, creativity, and the joy of failure. He is a repeat slam champion, having won slams on 3 different continents. He teaches poetry online, running weekly workshops, and wants everyone to feel empowered to tell their stories in meaningful ways.
Hassun El-Zafar is a D/deaf multi-disciplinary artist who has produced art and public engagement programmes that explore science, culture, community and technology across the world. His previous works include My Name Is Rachel Corrie (2019), Children of War (2020), There Is No Planet B (2021) and the award winning immersive installation HEAR (Arthouse UK, 2022). More information on El-Zafar's work can be found at www.hassunelzafar.com
More information on artwork coming soon
NikNak is an award-winning artist from London and based in Leeds, UK. As a dynamic music creative with experimental albums and tracks/remixes on Come Play With Me, Kynant Records, OTONO, Reel Long Overdub under her belt, NikNak regularly redefines and expands upon her role as a ground-breaking multidisciplinary artist.
NikNak became the first Black Turntablist in history to win the illustrious Oram Award in 2020, has been featured in publications such as Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Yorkshire Evening Post, Electronic Sound Mag, and DJ Mag.Listed as one of DJ-Mag’s “Ones To Watch in 2022”, NikNak continues to build upon her vast DJ-ing experience having blown audiences away with her eclectic DJ sets at festivals like Wilderness, We Out Here, Leeds International Festival, Bestival and more…
NikNak is also a member of TC And The Groove Family, a bold UK-based 10-piece collective that explores grooves and genres from around the world in their music together.