The 10th November marks 20 years since the execution of writer, poet and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders for their protests against Shell oil destroying their land.
To mark the occasion Platform have shipped the Battle Bus (the Living Memorial to the Ogoni 9 designed by Sokari Douglas Camp), over to Nigeria in an act of solidarity with the Ogoni people.
At present the bus is still impounded by Nigerian customs – the head of which was on the tribunal that decided the fate of the Ogoni 9 back in 1995. Keep in touch with updates and solidarity with the Ogoni who have threatened to mobilize and cripple the economy unless the bus is released via #bus4ogoni9 and #Freethebus hashtags.
This poem was commissioned by Platform and forms part of a leaflet designed by graphic artist Jon Daniel and also featuring artwork from Alfreedo Jaar.
You can read a blog on the poem over on Platform’s website here.
Earlier this month I was invited to take part in a panel discussion on Resonance FM with , Kevin Smith, , and on the subject of ‘Ending Fossil Fuel Sponsorhip of the Arts’.
The full broadcast below also features an alternative tour of London’s Tate galleries via guerilla audio guides from artists such as The Artist Taxi Driver, Ansuman Biswas, Isa Suarez. The panel discussion takes place in the last half hour beginning at 3 hrs 22:
For more on these oily issues check the work of Platform, Liberate Tate, End oil-sponsorship of the arts, BP or not BP.
A showcase of Power>>Propaganda>>Perceptions>> from the participants on the third Shake! course that took place at the Bernie Grants Arts Centre in August 2013.
Featuring freshly created poetic, filmic & musical responses to injustice from:
Poets: Christianah Babjide, Onysha Collins, Zena Edwards, Lucas Kelly, Jordan King-Burrowes, Sai Murray, Charlene Obi, Annie Rockson, Lateef Shofoluwe
Music: Marcina Arnold & Ed Lewis
Film: by Enayet Mannan, Khadiza Shahid, Richard York, Minaz Waris, Hannan Majid, Derek Richard, Minaz Waris, Umaru Saidu
“Reach” premiere of short film supported by HI8US SOUTH and The Rainbow Collective created during the Shake! course. See here for trailer
Featuring panel discussion & Q+A with film creators/Shake! participants.
Check the Shake! blog for more info.