Tate Modern Performance

Reflecting on Histories

Part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Series

Kara Walker Fons Americanus Tate Modern 2019. Photo: © Tate​ (Matt Greenwood)

Join poets and spoken word artists as they respond to Kara Walker’s 2019 Hyundai Commission

This event is part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Series: New Perspectives.

In response to Kara Walker's Hyundai Commission, invited poets will unpick some of the works' references with a focus on how we represent the past.

Watch a preview of Bridget Minamore perform a section of her Sestina for Kara Walker in front of the fountain. She is accompanied by Chisato Minamimura, a deaf dance artist, whose BSL interpretation aims to retain the passion and sentiment of Bridget’s words.


Bridget Minamore

Bridget Minamore is a British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London. She is a poet, critic, essayist, and journalist, writing for The Guardian about pop culture, theatre, race and class. She was chosen as one of Speaking Volumes’ 40 Stars of Black British Literature, has read her work internationally, and is the co-lead tutor for the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. Titanic (Out-Spoken Press), her debut pamphlet of poems on modern love and loss, was published in May 2016.

Amaal Said

Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer, and poet, based in London. Her photographs have been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New Yorker. She won Wasafiri Magazine’s New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. She was exhibited in Los Angeles, California, 2017, and in Accra, Ghana, 2018. She is a member of Octavia, poetry collective for womxn of colour, and a former Barbican Young Poet.

Rachel Long

Rachel Long is a poet, curator & the founder of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Octavia was founded in response to the lack of inclusivity & representation in poetry & the academy. Octavia are housed at the Southbank Centre, London. Rachel’s work has featured most recently in Filigree: An Anthology of Contemporary Black British Poetry. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, & Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire.

Linda LaBeija

Linda LaBeija is a multidisciplinary artist, teacher and curator from the Bronx of New York. Her work explores the complexities of living as a transgender woman of colour in today’s America. With origins in both Black America and the English/Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Linda's transnational experience of living at the intersection of embodied, social, and national borders hones in on the critiques of hegemonic power. ​

Tate Modern

Turbine Hall

London SE1 9TG
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2 December 2019 at 18.30–20.00