Stuart Hall Foundation and Iniva are delighted to announce that collective Squirrel Nation has been awarded the second Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency, a funded opportunity that builds on Professor Stuart Hall’s unique contribution to intellectual and cultural life.
Selected through a hugely popular open call, the collective Squirrel Nation will be in residence at Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library from February to April 2018. The three members of the collective – filmmaker Erinma Ochu, visual artist Caroline Ward and curator Bianca Manu – will explore the evolution of diasporic identities and how a sense of belonging or isolation is shaped in the context of cultural and social locations, and technology.
Taking the archival material as a starting point, Squirrel Nation will use social media and modern technologies to develop a forward-looking approach to explore how individual experiences of diasporic communities today relate to the experiences of previous generations. By finding cultural ‘touchpoints’ between the generations, Squirrel Nation will create an artistic intervention to rethink the politics of blackness, diversity and inclusion.
The Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency is an annual funded opportunity established in partnership between Stuart Hall Foundation and Iniva. Building on the distinct connections between both organisations, the three-month residency allows a visual artist the space to think about some of the key themes related to the work of Iniva and the Foundation, including: the language of the diaspora, culture, identity and archiving.