Join us for a performative lecture by artist Jennifer Allen aka Quilla Constance ‘QC’, to explore the negotiation of black female identities within pop culture and high art.
Through her ‘exotic’ militant punk persona Allen will interrogate ‘the gendered, sexed and raced body as a site of agency, celebration, conflict and reinvention’ *
Throughout the evening Allen will present a selection of performative paintings and screen excerpts from her recent Arts Council England commissioned video works – with reference to assertions by theorists ‘bell hooks’, Jacques Lacan, Rosi Braidotti, Stuart Hall, José Esteban Muñoz and Sigmund Freud.
* The above quote makes reference to ‘The Mothering Blackness’ conference at Autograph ABP London, where Allen recently gave a lecture exploring the role of black women in the feminist and black civil rights movements.
A Bedford Creative Arts Mini-Commission
Presented by Bedford Creative Arts and University of Bedfordshire