|ROOTED - IVY KALUNGI, ABENI SHEEN & KIARA MOHAMED
|24/01/19 - 03/02/19
Liverpool’s history as a significant port during the slave trade, its
black population is often overlooked - which is especially true in the
arts. For this exhibition, ROOT-ed Zine will programme a historical
update for OUTPUT by presenting three black women artists, all of whom
have featured in their publication.
is a Ugandan and Northern Irish artist working in sculpture and
installation. She has curated exhibitions, has been commissioned by
SoundCity, and was selected for the Liverpool Independents Biennial
Abeni Sheen, also known as Yumiaba Art, is an abstract painter with a practice that spans over a decade. Her work is now coming to OUTPUT.
who showed with us for OUTPUT OPEN back in November, works across form.
Her work has featured in bidolito, the Independents Biennial, and she
was the artistic director of 2018 film Black Flowers which was screened
at Tate Liverpool and the British Museum.
|Who are ROOT-ed Zine and what do they do?
Zine (Revolution of our time) is a self-published magazine and social
platform that aims to promote, support and inspire creative people of
colour within the North West of England. The zine is co-founded and
edited by artists Amber Akaunu and Fauziya Johnson. The two saw a lack
of representation in university, media, galleries and museums and felt
the need to create this platform to represent the underrepresented by
allowing creatives to showcase their talents and skills and voice their
thoughts and ideas. ROOT-ed Zine publishes bi-monthly and produces
ongoing content across YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and on their
How did ROOT-ed select the artists for this exhibition?
selected artists that we have previously shown in the zine that we felt
would bring something unique to the exhibition. The artists are all
women from such different backgrounds yet united by the fact they are
Black Women in Liverpool. There work is all on different subjects and
in various mediums.
What do you think art institutions in Merseyside should be doing to support BME artists?
truly believe that art institutions should consider the difficulties
BME artists face just to get to certain spaces and positions and
support us. There should be dedicated services, programmes, spaces etc
that aim to get more BME artists into the art world. We also want to
see art institutions give roles to BME people because having that
insight and knowledge on let's say the education team will just help to
make the education programme more accommodating an interesting to more