Tate Modern Workshop

Psychic Friends Network With Simone Leigh

Lydia Monroe of Lingold, Louisiana. US. She was a student nurse at provident Hospital in Chicago, IL, a photograph from the Office of War Information booklet Negroes and the War, The Schomburg Archives

Join artist Simone Leigh for a series of discussions, performances and workshops inspired by traditions of knowledge sharing and exchange across generations

Be part of conversations on ageing, feminism, disobedience, desire, medicine and healing focusing on the transatlantic Black Diaspora.

Take part in a practical workshop making traditional doilies, experience an exciting collision of dance and activism led by Rashida Bumbray, join an extraordinary performance on ageing from artist Lorraine O’Grady, and participate in a collective listening session focusing on visions of black liberation. There’s also the chance to see Simone Leigh’s three-channel video work Aluminum, which features Rashida Bumbray, installed in Tate Exchange throughout the week.

Psychic Friends Network is a continuation of Leigh’s socially engaged work, The Free People’s Medical Clinic, 2014, commissioned by Creative Time, which provided free treatments and workshops over the course of four weekends in the former home of Dr. Josephine English, the first Black obstetrics and gynecology doctor in the State of New York; and The Waiting Room, 2016, at the New Museum, which referenced a wide range of care environments and opportunities – from herbalist apothecaries and muthi [medicine] markets in Durban, South Africa, to meditation rooms and movement studios – to create a variety of public workshops and healing treatments.

Psychic Friends Network is curated by Sonya Dyer, Curator Public Programmes and Emily Stone, Assistant Curator, Public Programmes.

About Simone Leigh

Simone Leigh is an artist based in New York. Focusing on an exploration of Black female subjectivity, she creates sculpture, videos and installations informed by her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism and performance.

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22–26 November 2016

Past Events

Tate Modern Performance

Aluminum: with Rashida Bumbray and Simone Leigh

26 Nov 2016

New York-based choreographer Rashida Bumbray collaborates with Simone Leigh on an immersive dance performance

Tate Modern Performance

Ask Me Anything About Ageing: With Lorraine O’Grady

24 Nov 2016

Join legendary performance artist Lorraine O’Grady for a performance featuring an inter-generational exchange of information and strategy about the ...

Tate Modern Talk

Listening Session: With Simone Leigh and Rizvana Bradley

23 Nov 2016

Join a collective listening session and discussion focusing on Elaine Brown’s 1969 album Seize the Time

Tate Modern Workshop

Doily Making: With Janet Kay

22 Nov 2016

Learn traditional doily making with singer and crafts maker Janet Kay