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Q&A With Selina Thompson

Next in our series of Q&A’s is the artist and performer Selina Thompson, who brought her installation Race Cards to IBT17. Selina’s work is playful, participatory and intimate, focused on the politics of identity and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments.

1. Who inspires you at the moment?

I’m working with lots of ‘young people’ (13 – 24) at the moment, for projects about Missy Elliott and The Suffragettes. They are very inspiring and energising, as is my Engagement Officer and faciliator Emmy Lahouel.  Chewing Gum Dreams by Michaela Coel. Travis Alabanza, Toni Lewis and Demi Nandhra. I’m consistently inspired by Dawn Walton and Emma Beverley.

2. Have you been to an interesting event lately, or seen something that has made you think differently?

Ummm… I’m proper reclusive, and try not to leave my house as often as possible. I can’t remember the last time I had an epiphany like the kind of moment you are perhaps alluding to here. But these workshops I’m doing are a learning curve, they change my relationship with my practice and with practice in general every time I do them. I went to a symposium earlier this year that was on Theatre, Performance and Employment and that was very enlightening, it was great to think a little more about the artist as a worker, to think about unions, to hear left wing critique of unions too.

3. What are you reading or listening to at the moment?

Moses Sumney, Kelela, Benjamin Clementine. Still stuck on SZA. H.E.R. Daniel Ceasar. Hella Missy Elliott.

I’m reading three books at the moment:

Being White, Being Good: White Complicity, White Moral Responsibility and Social Justice Pedagogy by Barbara Applebaum

Black Girlhood Celebration: Towards a Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy by Ruth Nicole Brown

The Forbidden Body by Shelley Bovey

Race Cards, Selina Thompson © Manuel@DARC.media