Welcome to Iniva’s new website. We are in the process of updating content throughout. We welcome your feedback at info@iniva.org

Research Network: Archipelagos in Reverse

Reading Group The story never stops beginning or ending  Rahila Haque

21 Oct 2021

Explore storytelling and footnoting as anti-imperialist and black feminist methodologies

  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Date

    Thursday 21 October 2021

  • Time


  • Free, booking required!

  • Artists

    Rahila Haque

Following on from our talk Talking in Tongues*, in this session we will read a selection of texts that explore storytelling and footnoting as anti-imperialist and black feminist methodologies, to consider how they think outside disciplinary boundaries in gathering and sharing knowledge.

The texts will include excerpts from Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Woman, Native, Other (1989) and Katherine McKittrick’s Dear Science and Other Stories (2021).

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 but you can find the excerpts below.

This reading group was not recorded.


Rahila Haque is a curator and researcher, and currently PhD candidate at the centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at Chelsea College, University of the Arts London. Her doctoral research is an intergenerational study of diaspora artists in the UK, looking at the presence and development of Black, postcolonial and decolonial feminist epistemologies in artistic practice. It addresses a lack of engagement with feminist knowledge in the dominant art historical, critical and institutional narratives of British diaspora art, and asks how paying attention to this work can help to generate modes of decolonial feminist visual and critical enquiry.

She is co-author, with Sayantan Maitra Boka, of a forthcoming publication on the work of the Dhaka-based artist-led initiative Britto Arts Trust to be launched at Documenta 15. She was previously Residencies Curator at Camden Art Centre and Assistant Curator of the 58th Venice Biennale exhibition May You Live in Interesting Times. Between 2009-15 she was Curatorial Assistant and Assistant Curator at the Hayward Gallery, organising major exhibitions by Dayanita Singh, Jeremy Deller and Ernesto Neto and co-curating the Hayward Project Space exhibitions Jananne Al-Ani: Excavations; What’s Love Got to Do with It; and Dineo Seshee Bopape: slow-co-ruption. She was awarded a Gasworks/Triangle Network Fellowship in 2018 and holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Image: Snapshot of Trinh T. Minh-ha's book