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Violet Nights: La Colonie

Part of Violet Nights

Join us for music, performance and critical contemplation at an evening inspired by Kader Attia’s Parisian cafe and radical discussion space, La Colonie.

Celebrate the end of our youth programme course Mobile Filmmaking and Photography, which responded to the themes of the current Hayward Gallery exhibition Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion, with race and culture multimedia platform Skin Deep and creative studio Blackcurrent, with music curated by Rinse FM’s Jyoty.

Photofusion Photography Centre presents a Critical Contemplations session, bringing together a range of speakers to discuss the topic of repair. Inspired by Kader Attia’s The Museum of Emotion, we explore the notion of repair through personal narrative, colonial history and multicultural identity. Unpicking complex ideas of displacement, heritage and memory, we consider the presence and possibilities of reparation in contemporary culture.

The evening is facilitated by Chardine Taylor Stone, an award-winning cultural producer, writer and feminist activist. Momtaza Mehri, Young People's Poet Laureate for London, performs, and speakers include London-based painter Meryem Meg, whose work explores themes of remembrance and ancestral memory, and Amrita Dhallu, a curator working across London and Birmingham. Her work focuses on providing support structures for emerging British artists of black and Asian descent through commissioning, creating networks and establishing intergenerational learning spaces.

Critical Contemplations is a space for people to come to feel welcome and share ideas in debate – just as Attia builds in La Colonie in Paris. It is an informal space, which welcomes diverse opinions and ideas, and everyone has the opportunity to speak.

Violet Nights is our space for young people to socialise, express their views on topical issues, and explore with music, performance and discussion.

Skin Deep is a creative powerhouse, redefining culture and amplifying voices of colour through discussions of race, politics and activism. Its online platform, biannual print publication and live events tell the stories others don’t. Skin Deep has collaborated with creatives and organisations including Tate, ICA and Stuart Hall Foundation to produce and platform original, accessible and thought-provoking content.

Since 2017, Blackcurrent has partnered with a variety of collaborators from Greenpeace to #Merky to Penguin Books. Specialising in creative direction and media production, Blackcurrent is a multidisciplinary creative studio disrupting the status quo with true diversity of thought.

Jyoty's career as a DJ started at online channel Boiler Room, after which she landed a regular spot on radio station Rinse FM. A DJ at clubs and festivals around the world, Jyoty is keen to use her platform to give back to communities. In a nod to her Indian heritage, she has hosted DJ workshops for women in Calcutta with the British Council and led a course for young British Asian women looking to break into the music industry.

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Hayward Gallery
Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion


Free, but ticketed

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Age recommendation
For ages 18 – 30.

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Violet Nights: La Colonie is a response to our exhibition Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion, which questions our ideas about wholeness and injury, authenticity and repair, belonging and otherness.
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