Join us for a conversation between artists Meera Shakti Osborne and Rosa-Johan Uddoh, as they explore Making History, the current exhibition at Stuart Hall Library, and discuss their collaboration and respective practices.
Making History is a collaborative project initiated by Meera Shakti Osborne, exploring notions of migration, displacement and self-love through storytelling, sewing and image making. The collection of tapestries, all made through community workshops held across London, weave together personal experiences, not as singular or objective, but as a shared condition.
The project is created with participants at Art4Space, Girls Project, Boundary Women’s Project and Stuart Hall Library in the autumn and winter of 2019, and by Peckham Youth Platform, The Gap Arts Project Digital Tapestries and 1525 Collective between 2020-21.
Meera Shakti Osborne is an artist and community organiser from London. Meera’s work focuses on collective healing through creative self-expression. Meera is interested in the use of art as a tool to create historical documents that represent feelings and the inbetween stuff that often gets left out of history making. They work in sound, oil paint, textile, breathing, talking and dancing. Meera has worked with Nottingham Contemporary, iniva, Newbridge Project, Royal College of Art, Peckham Platform, Focal Point Gallery, The Gap Arts Project, The Drawing Room and Reprezent FM. Meera graduated in Design at Central School of Speech and Drama in 2015 and Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Science in 2018.
Rosa-Johan Uddoh is an interdisciplinary artist working towards radical self-love. She is inspired by Black feminist practice and writing. Through performance, writing and multi-media installation, she explores places, objects and celebrities in British popular culture, and their effects on self-formation. Collaboration is key to Rosa’s work, often working together with children, activists and other artists to explore themes that impact our communities and share knowledge. Rosa is a lecturer in Performance at Central Saint Martins. She was a finalist for Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2021. Rosa was the Liverpool Biennial and John Moores Univerity Fellow 2018-2019 and was the Stuart Hall Library Resident for 2020. She was a Sarabande: Lee Alexander McQueen Scholar.