The programme, devised at the peak of the first lockdown, connects emerging artists with mentors through Zoom workshops in order to help them realise new ideas and work across different media. For four weeks the artists and mentors meet via regular video calls to collaborate, develop and critique each other’s work. This third round of the programme, which ran across October and November, saw new work produced in the mediums of short film, storytelling, spoken word, music and movement.
The exhibition will showcase the results of this collaboration, with five original short films spanning subjects including migration, grief, family and the meaning of home. Providing a vital creative outlet for young people, each project is shaped by this challenging moment in history whilst also providing a much-needed creative escape.
An in-person event celebrating all three rounds of the Open Source Collaborations project will take place in the new year at the Albany.
A Connection Is Drawn – by Khadija Niang (Mentored by Leo DMB)
A Connection is Drawn explores artist Khadija Niang’s complex sense of belonging with her “home” country, Senegal. The voices of her parents drawn through interviews over Whatsapp voice notes are merged with music, photos and traditional storytelling. These snippets give an insight into how her family have maintained and built upon their strong connection with Senegal, wherever they’ve moved.
This Way Vietnam – by Maisie Zheng (Mentored by Mateo Villanueva Brandt)
This Way Vietnam explores themes of culture and loss through a three-generation family narrative of immigrating to London from a post-war Vietnam. The story revolves around the loss of a mother tongue after generations of assimilating into British culture, and the act of
reclaiming this forgotten language as a means of reconnecting to one’s past. Told through an archival collection of old photographs, tourist guides, phone conversations, and dictionary definitions, This Way Vietnam paints a colourful picture of the immigrant experience and a fragmented cultural identity.
Hold – by Claudia Cumberbatch (Mentored by Chisara Agor)
Hold questions what it is to hold and to be held, through a cycle of grief. The project came from Claudia’s interest in the gestural language that they observed during the bereavement of their grandfather and gestures of care that unfolded. It uses movement as a vehicle to explore the intricacies of a family’s relationship after the loss of a central figure.
80 TRILLION DISPERSED ANTAs – by Angel (Mentored by Rubie)
This video letter addressed to Angel’s late mother, attempts to make sense of her sudden passing in relation to the chasm in their relationship and the artist’s queerness. Written in the summer of 2021, during a time when Greece is preoccupied with the rising number of femicides and wildfires, the text weaves a dream that the artist had about their mother a few days before her passing. The final video assemblage moves through the intersection of grief, migration, patriarchy and queerness, articulating the reality that resides in the artist’s body.
L’abe Igi Orombo (Under The Orange Tree) – by Princess Bestman (Mentored by Niyi Ferreira)
L’abe Igi Orombo is a personal reflection and open conversation. This experimental art film is inspired by culture, history and identity whilst using a combination of spoken word, movement and elements of a traditional Nigerian Yoruba nursery rhyme. L’abe Igi Orombo is a discussion of how black communities coexist with and learn from natural environments. There are no answers, just thoughts and responses.