Ufuoma Essi

Paul Robeson: A Life in Celebration

The Southbank Centre has hosted many influential musicians and artists over the years since it first opened in 1951, including one of the most interesting radical figures of the 20th century

In this podcast, Ufuoma Essi New Museum School Trainee at the Southbank Centre discusses Paul Robeson, who’s life was inspiring both on and off the stage. His life was one of solidarity, resistance and celebration.

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About Ufuoma

Ufuoma was the New Museum School Trainee for the Southbank Centre and is a video artist and filmmaker from Lewisham, South East London. Her film work explores intersectional themes of race, gender, class and sexuality.

Archives form an essential medium for her as an artist through explorations with archives that she aims to interrogate and disrupt the silences and gaps of the historical narrative.

By using archives as a process of unlearning and discovery she seeks to re-centre the marginalised histories of the Black Atlantic and specific histories of Black women.

Drawing from a range of influences including Black popular culture, films, music, historical texts and Black feminist theory from writers such as Claudia Jones to Audre Lorde.

Ufuoma’s films have been screened and exhibited at institutions and galleries in the UK and abroad such as the Barbican Centre, South London Gallery, MOCA Los Angeles, Croydon Art Store and Chisenhale Studios.