We believe that art is a form of knowledge and that engaging with art provides us with a mode of knowing that can be generative. Our artists-in-residence work with us so that university knowledge can be de-centered to make space for radical re-thinking and new forms of engagement with institutional inequalities.
Dr Mojisola Adebayo, theatre artist-performer, playwright, director, producer, faciliator, teacher and researcher
Mojisola has BA in Drama and Theatre Arts, an MA in Physical Theatre, a PhD in black queer theatre (Goldsmiths, Royal Holloway and Queen Mary, University of London) and she trained extensively with Augusto Boal in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. She has worked in theatre, radio and television, on four continents, over the past two decades, performing in over 50 productions, writing, devising and directing over 30 plays and leading countless workshops, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. Her own plays in production include Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey (Lyric Hammersmith and Oval House), Muhammad Ali and Me (Oval House, Albany Theatre and National touring), 48 Minutes for Palestine (Ashtar Theatre and international touring), Desert Boy (Albany Theatre and national touring), The Listeners (Pegasus Theatre), I Stand Corrected (Artscape, Oval House and international touring and The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre and US premiere at Goodman Theatre forthcoming). Her publications include Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One (Oberon Books), 48 Minutes for Palestine in Theatre in Pieces (Methuen), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland in Black Lives, Black Words (Oberon Books), The Theatre for Development Handbook (written with John Martin and Manisha Mehta, available through http://www.pan-arts.net) as well as numerous academic chapters published by Methuen and Palgrave Macmillan. Mojisola Adebayo: Plays Two (Oberon books) is out in 2019. She is currently commissioned by the National Theatre to write Wind / Rush Generation which will be staged in 2020, followed by her play STARS at Ovalhouse Theatre and touring in 2020. Mojisola an Associate Artist with Pan, a Visiting Artist at Rose Bruford and Goldsmiths colleges and a Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London.
Maria D’Amico, Illustrator and Health Researcher, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Maria is a freelance illustrator and has designed the artwork for the BARC collective. She comments: “I loved creating the illustrations, we wanted to create eye-catching and powerful images which embrace the experiences of women of colour: capturing our love, friendship, solidarity and intellect! I hope they empower people from all backgrounds to feel the vitality and strength that we all have within us!”. Maria is also a Trial Manager at the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit at Queen Mary University of London. She has a degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Masters in Clinical Research. Maria has over 4 years of research experience contributing to large childbirth studies. Her research includes developing strategies for the prevention of diabetes in pregnancy and understanding the unintentional effects of clinical trials on participants in women’s health research studies. Maria is a UCU union representative contributing to developments in bullying & harassment procedures and workplace culture.
Afroz Zain Algiers, PhD candidate, Global Projects Center, Stanford University, USA
Afroz is a PhD candidate at the Global Projects Center, Stanford University. She has a B.Tech in civil engineering and a Masters in sustainable design and construction. Her current research is on the role of engineering management in tackling or perpetrating class, gender, race and sexuality based oppression. She has extensive teaching experience and recently won the centennial award for her excellence in teaching organization theory to graduate students in engineering. She actively organized community events as President of the Stanford India Association and the Community Officer of the Muslim Student Union at Stanford. She is also a theatre artist and improviser whose projects have covered South Asian gender struggles, Islamophobia, systemic violence faced by black and brown communities, and an intersectional look at sexual assault survivor experiences. She organizes with community groups fighting for immigrant, worker, gender, and environmental justice.