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Announcing DRIFT – Stuart Papers Publication

DRIFT Stuart Papers cover

Cover of Drift Stuart Papers.
Designed by Rose Nordin.
Published by iniva, 2024.

Originally printed in 2022, iniva is excited to announce the reprint of our publication, DRIFT – Stuart Papers.

This special issue of STUART Papers designed by Rose Nordin and edited by Tavian Hunter and Sepake Angiama was published for iniva’s DRIFT – A Post-national Digitial Pavilion Project in 2022. Reflecting on thinking through fluidity of notions of nationhood, it contains written contributions Cairo Clarke, Lola Olufemi, Rahila Haque and Adjoa Armah from iniva’s Research Network Programme: Archipelagos in Reverse (2022) as well as Kaitlene Koranteng and Rohan Ayinde who have been involved in iniva’s DRIFT pavilion project.  

For their DRIFT Pavilion, iniva proposed a series of radical re-imaginings of Europeanness that reflect on the entanglement between land and water, movement and m/otherlands, in the forging of new identities and subjectivities. DRIFT considered Europe from three vantage points: The River at Stuart Hall Library in London; The Island in Venice; and The Coastline in Margate. At these sites, they will consider how water connects land, people and communities. 

This publication weaves together questions of migration and movement in relation to sound and water – thinking about sound as movement and how water connects to departures and arrivals. It questions what it means to belong to a diaspora? How can you create space for yourself in spaces where you are othered? And what does it mean to have the archipelagic as a part of your practice? It also proposes to address the topic of imagination and borderlessness through questions such as: How do you unbuild a nation? Who gets to imagine borderlessness and how multiple imaginaries of nations can coexist? 

DRIFT is funded by the European Cultural Foundation as part of The European Pavilion programme, a pan-European and multidisciplinary arts initiative. This publication is also supported by Freelands Foundation and Arts Council England.  

We have a limited number of printed copies to give away for free on a first come first served basis, but we welcome a donation to support the activities of Stuart Hall Library and iniva’s wider artistic programme. Copies can be collected in person from Stuart Hall Library.

The digital version of the publication can be read via Stuart Hall Library catalogue here.