“I am interested in how history is performed by society and by individuals. The identity that we carry comes from our history, be it biological or political. My work, Because of hair the dichotomy of culture and identity, looks at hair as a material and an object that can be used to depict social and personal politics. My practice engages within the personal and the universal – and my inspiration for the project came from my experience of growing up in Nigeria and the difficulties I experienced in the UK because of my hair. I have since moved on to look at hair as a mechanism for depicting black experience in the West.”
The research involves a creative workshop for a group of women exploring issues around fertility. This is followed by practical studio research in response to the material collated. The collaborative team – performers Jreena Green, Anne Muddiman and Ivana Ostrowski, music artist Natasha Lohan and film artist Roswitha Chesher, will explore and capture findings, to present at a sharing. The painting Sans Paroles by Marcelle Hanselaar will inform the aesthetics of the research. Maria will be mentored by practitioners Jacky Lansley and Rene Baker.
A sharing of this work will take place at Greenwich Dance on the 9th February at 4pm. The R&D is supported by Arts Council England in partnership with Greenwich Dance, Spoken Word Ltd/One Dance UK, Spare Tyre, Dance Research Studio, Fertility Fest, Fertility Network UK and Emma Cannon.
Whilst walking through an exhibition of Tudor portraits Minott took the invitation from the exhibition to think back and historicise herself – and she imagined a slave. Realising to think that far back is to have to ask “What Kind of Slave Would I be?” It is to WKOSWIB. Throughout her research as Artist-in residence at The British Library within the archives, Minott will ponder this question, and the result will culminate in a performance at Rich Mix on Saturday 22nd April and workshops and discussions on Sunday 23rd April 2017. This body of work will be mentored by Jacky Lansley and Lea Anderson, and funded through the Arts Council England.
POP is a collaboration between artists and researchers from the fields of somatic movement and performance, costume design, cognitive psychology and neuroscience. It builds on research designs, performances and collaborations generated by the Somatic Movement, Costume & Performance Project, founded by dance/theatre artist Sally E. Dean (2011) in collaboration with costume designers Sandra Arroniz Lacunza (Spain) and Carolina Rieckhof (Peru). The project is supported by Dance Research Studio, London Contemporary Dance School, London College of Fashion (Design for Performance and Well-being Research Hubs), Wellcome Collection through their Open Platform event and Birmingham Arts and Science Festival.