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Research Network: Archipelagos in Reverse

Reading Group How do we keep the channels open with all this salt? Cairo Clarke

24 Feb 2022
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    24th February 2022

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    Free, booking required.

  • Artists

    Cairo Clarke

Cairo Clarke will lead an online reading group on 24th February at 6pm exploring the themes of her presentation research with texts a selection from ‘Dub: Finding Ceremony’ by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and ‘Soundworks’ by Anthony Reed.

The event title and line of inquiry is a quote from Alexis Pauline Gumbs in conversation with Christina Sharpe for the 39th issue of The Funambulist.

This reading group is open to all; it is a supportive and peer-led space for thinking and learning together. It is a space for constructive disagreements and critical engagement that is always based on mutual respect, interest, and care. If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate them.

All texts are read together in the group, you don’t need to read them in advance.


Cairo Clarke is a curator and writer based in London and Naples. Her work is informed by slowness, it centers forms of knowledge production and dissemination that slip between the cracks, are formed on unstable ground and take on multiple temporalities. Supporting strands of theorising taking place in autonomous spaces and holding space for the mess.

Cairo has worked closely with artists to develop and share instances of work across film, performance, printed matter and events as well as sharing self-led curatorial projects across numerous sites including Pompeii Commitment: Archeological Matters, Deptford X and LUX. In 2019 she launched SITE, a publication and curatorial project exploring alternative encounters with artist practice and the dissemination of research. Cairo was the 2020/21 Curatorial Fellow at LUX. Previously she was a member of The Black Curriculum, and continues to work in educational spaces.

Image: Photo of materials from a listening workshop led by Evan Ifekoya & Shenece Oretha 2021, courtesy of Cairo Clarke.