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Unseen Histories: Finale Exhibition

Unseen Histories: Finale Exhibition Images: Complex Simplicity
Written by Assembly House  14/09/2021

Join us on 25th September from 1.30 pm at Leeds Industrial Museum and Assembly House for our Finalé Event to close the month-long festival of Unseen Histories.

Unseen Histories is a month-long festival of artworks and events exploring Black British history in Leeds. The festival is curated by Black artists in and around the city, with support from Heritage Corner, pioneers of the Leeds Black History Walk and Assembly House, artist studios, and project space in Armley, Leeds.

The industrial revolution included contributions of peoples from different parts of the world, many of whom are represented in Leeds today - how can we celebrate inclusion in the telling of these narratives?

Many communities are excluded from the knowledge about the richness and success of Black history and culture in Leeds, the festival aims to give access to this history in unconventional and artistic ways, hoping to engage with the wider community.

Our six commissioned artists will be presenting their work at this event including sculpture, film, poetry, performance, and dace. These six artists are from and around the Leeds area and will be using influence and research from Leeds Museums on the unseen history of the Black experience in the UK.

Ijeme Bare, a dance artist based in Leeds, will be presenting a performance based on the feelings of the abused. Drawing from the history of British Nigerian, David Oluwale, Ijeme will explore fear, abandonment, and hopelessness to draw the audiences into the minds of Black men and women. This will also be accompanied by a film Ijeme has made.

Complex Simplicity, a design label with a difference, plans to make a creation that reflects her passion for Fashion/Textiles/Costume design. Cleverly fuses inspiration from other influences and themes including graffiti/street art, festivals, music, black history, cultural and heritage influences, sculptural forms, and architecture. Complex
Simplicity will present their work on a mannequin that promises to be a unique mix of traditional, cultural, and social influences which is sure to be a showstopper and conversation starter!

Musufing Marong is a voice artist, writer, performance poet, radio presenter, and podcaster from Hyde Park Leeds is presenting a performance from her Roast Breadfruit Reasoning project. Looking at food, food heritage and history, and people's stories and traditions around food, hoping that this offering as part of Unseen Histories will rebalance history overall and show that Britain has always co-existed with nations from every corner of the globe.

Orange Ibreck will be working closely with the Black Queer community of Leeds to take back control of how Black people are remembered and immortalized. Walking and talking with people in the community to create photographs and large sculptural work. Orange is seeking to visually challenge the racist statues of colonisers around Leeds and the UK, hoping to create a positive and contemporary interpretation of how Black people can represent themselves. Their work will be displayed at Leeds Industrial Museum and Assembly House.

Adekola, a poet from Leeds and founder of Say It With Your Chest poetry collective, will be performing a poem about the events that happened in Chapeltown in 1975. We also have Lulia Togara performing a short monologue. 

We expect the event to be busy and lively! We encourage people to buy a ticket as we have a capacity of 80 for this event. With your ticket, you get access to the exhibition along with performances from our commissioned artists and drinks! We want to say a huge thank you to Heritage Corner for giving us the opportunity to work with them to help make this important festival happen.

We have our performance times confirmed below, all performers will be performing their pieces of work twice:

15:10pm Lulia 
15:30pm Musufing
16:20pm Adekola
17:00pm Ijeme
18:20pm Lulia
18:50pm Musufing
19:10pm Adekola
20:00pm Ijeme

Unseen Histories is running from now until 25th September, for more information please visit our website.

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