IDENTITY POLITICS (DRAFT)
In my work with the Collective Liberation Project, I explore issues relating to identity politics and generate strategies to support people who are marginalised by power structures that maintain systems of oppression including racism, sexism and transphobia. In the last year, I have done a series of trainings with staff and students at Sandberg Institute to increase diversity intiatives. Based on my interests, I have chosen to write about the work of the following Sandberg graduates: ‘Chasing Lizards… And other memories’ by Sherida Kuffour, ‘Truque-trrrah’ by Mavi Veloso and the final project of Nagare Willemsen. All three artists are making work about the politics of their identities and how they navigate this in a context in which they are viewed as “other”. For Kuffour and Willemsen the intersection of their Blackness and feminity raises the issue of misogynoir while Veloso has a different experience of feminization to explore which relates to their experience as a trans woman. All three artists have great insights to share, exploring the ways in which identity is shaped, performed and reentacted.
Camille Barton is an artist, researcher and the founding director of the Collective Liberation Project (CLP). CLP designs educational experiences to help people understand oppression, and how it relates to their lived experience, so they can stop behaving in ways that reproduce oppression, such as racism and sexism. This work is inspired by Camille’s ongoing research into somatics and social justice: exploring how trauma from oppression is rooted in the body and how it can be healed with movement and mindfulness. Camille’s art practise involves dance, improvisation, ritual and Afrofuturism to weave new realities fusing art and social change.