UNIQLO Tate Lates Night In will explore Hyundai Commission: Kara Walker's Fons Americanus at Tate Modern, extended until 8 November 2020, with a programme of artist talks, workshops, music, film and spoken word.
The event will be available online until 7 October. London-based poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams will host the event, recorded from Tate Modern.
One stream will include a talk from historian, writer and broadcaster David Olusoga OBE, who will speak with curator of Fons Americanus, Clara Kim, about monuments, racial injustice and the interconnected histories of the UK and US. There will also be a conversation with American artist, activist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patriss Cullors and Tate curator Osei Bonsu, discussing the relationship between art and social justice. Moroccan artist Mohammed Laouli's film Les Sculptures n'etaient pas blanches will be screened, addressing the compounding of colonial commemoration with anti-racist actions contained within a monument in the heart of Marseille.
The second stream will feature writer Abondance Matanda's poetic response to Fons Americanus, reflecting on the changing relationship with the artwork a year after its installation. Creative director Henrietta Gallina, design researcher Alyse Archer-Coite and a Vibe Called Tech's founder Charlene Prempeh will discuss how to amplify the voices of Black women working in cultural industries and how we make sense of Fons Americanus in light of the ever-changing political landscape. There will be a screening of Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda's short film Havemos de Voltar, which reflects on Angola's colonial history and present day through the eyes of a taxidermied antelope. The third stream will host the music programming for the event, with DJ sets from OK Williams and BORN N BREAD, recorded in the Tate Modern's Tanks.
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