Tate Modern Workshop

Heart of the Race Reading Group With Thick/er Black Lines

Thicker Black Lines reading group at Tate Exchange

Thicker Black Lines reading group at Tate Exchange, image © Tate Photography

Over five weeks, this reading group will explore the influential text Heart of the Race by Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe, first published in 1985. Led by Thick/er Black Lines with a new edition of the book published by Verso, the group will see peers, friends and the newly acquainted come together in an intimate and supportive group to explore questions and lessons of Black feminist traditions and thought in the UK.

The summer-long series will examine the political and theoretical climate the original text was written in and how it challenged and continues to challenge the prevailing leftist, ‘politically black’ and multicultural narrative of the 1980s. The group will critically engage with themes including the overlapping conflicts of class, public health, gender-binaries & sexuality.

Sessions are free and open to all. While hoping to share the text with a diverse group, priority will be given to other Black women and femmes but anyone committed to the dialogue is welcome.

August 15 - Labour Pains: Black Women & Work - with Kelechi Okafor

August 22 - Learning to Resist: Black Women & Education - with Derica Shields

August 29 - The Uncaring Arm of the State: Black Women, Health & the State - with Emma Dabiri

September 7 - Chain Reaction: Black Women & Organising - with Temi Mwale

September 12 - Self-Consciousness: Understanding our Culture & Identity

Each session is booked separately. Select the dates of the sessions you would like to attend from the calendar when booking.

Thick/er Black Lines is an interdisciplinary research-led artist collective applying contemporary art theory, cultural studies and social practices. Initiated by Rianna Jade Parker, Aurella Yussuf, Hudda Khaireh and Kariima Ali.

Tate Modern

Tate Exchange

Level 5, Blavatnik Building

London SE1 9TG
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15 August 2018 at 19.30–21.30

22 August 2018 at 19.30–21.30

29 August 2018 at 19.30–21.30

7 September 2018 at 19.30–21.30

12 September 2018 at 19.30–21.30

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