Ufuoma Essi

Ufuoma Essi is a filmmaker and artist from south-east London whose work spans film, moving image, photography and sound. Using the archive as an essential medium, her work revolves around Black feminist epistemology and the configuration of displaced histories, with the aim of interrogating and disrupting the silences and gaps of political and historical narratives. Recent screenings, solo and group exhibitions include South London Gallery, Public Gallery, London, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague; Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Berwick; Lisson Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Maysles Documentary Center, New York; and Black Star Film Festival, Philadelphia. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Is My Living in Vain at Gasworks, London (Autumn 2022) and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (2023).

https://ufuomaessi.com/

Filmography

Pastoral Malaise (2022), From Where We Land (2021), Bodies In Dissent (2021), All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2019), ALTEA (2018)

Back Inside Ourselves is an online exhibition inspired by S. Pearl Sharp’s Back Inside Herself which plays in our Essential Cinema Strand.

Featuring three recent works by filmmakers Ufuoma Essi, Tako Taal, and Rhiana Bonterre.

We recommend you find a quiet space, some headphones, and clear some time to explore the different elements of this work. The presentation plays on a loop opening out the possibility of durational repetitions, witnessing and revelation.

Available online from Friday 17 September coinciding with a 24 hour screening of S Pearl Sharp’s Back Inside Herself & an in conversation between the director and poet Sarah Lasoye.

Supported by Berwick Visual Arts.

Run Time

19 mins
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11 September 2022

We’re told we all have a right to roam in the countryside – but does that apply to everyone equally?

Right of Way, is a special preview screening presented by Independent Cinema Office and LUX Moving Image. It mixes stunning new artists’ films with historic travelogues and asks questions of access and inclusion in the UK countryside.

Marking the beginning of a new season at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Dan Guthrie will join us at the Maltings to introduce his new film black strangers.

In the spirit of Right of Way, there is an optional short post-screening walk, culminating at the pier in Berwick and a visit to Chloë Smith’s Installation This endless Sea.

Dan Guthrie (@danglefree) is an artist, researcher and writer whose practice often explores representations of Black Britishness, with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas.

More about Right of Way

The programme is inspired by the foundation of the National Trails. Set up to resist sweeping industrialisation, these protected landscapes were created with a vision to ‘connect people to the rural landscape’. But during the COVID-19 pandemic – as people realised anew the importance of nature and open spaces for our health and mental wellbeing – inequalities of access to rural land were being exposed, revealing the disconnect felt by millions of people towards the UK countryside. A 2019 government review found that many Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people view the countryside as an ‘irrelevant white, middle-class club’, concluding that this divide is only going to widen as society changes and ‘the countryside will end up being irrelevant to the country that actually exists’.

The new commissions interrupt and challenge the enduring perception of the rural idyll as an untouched and unchanging space where time stands still. What happens when Black, Asian and other ethnically diverse people enter these landscapes? How can our natural spaces be homes to protest, trespassing, activism and raves? Paired with archive films that show that the life of the countryside contains multitudes and disrupt simple narratives, this programme is a terrific platform for debate on historical and contemporary discussions about who has a right to the great outdoors and who is excluded from it.

Run Time

62 mins
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Back Inside Ourselves is a workshop that features three recent works by filmmakers Tako Taal (DUMP_outthroughthemouth), Rhiana Bonterre (Rhythms of my Silence) and Ufuoma Essi (Bodies in Dissent). Their works are brought into dialogue with S. Pearl Sharpe’s Back Inside Herself (newly digitised by Cinenova and playing in BFMAF 2021’s Essential Cinema strand).

The Screenings will be accompanied by a response from London-based poet Sarah Lasoye commissioned by Cinenova and followed by an open participatory discussion with the filmmakers.

Artist, writer and researcher Jamila Prowse has been invited to write a reflective text on the workshop that will be published after.

There are only 12 places available at the workshop so please only book a space if you are definitely able to attend. Book your free space here.

Participants will be asked to wear masks throughout the event and adhere to 1m social distancing.

Supported by Berwick Visual Arts

Run Time

23 mins
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