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Between the Deep Blue project identity

Key details


  • 12pm – 6pm


  • Free

Who could attend

  • Everyone


  • Exhibition

Between the Deep Blue is a project inspired by Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen’s work 'Framed Sea Cow' – a tribute to the extinct animal – and writer Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ book Undrowned (2020) which highlights the sea cow’s rebirth as a symbol of the ocean’s witnessing of traumatic experiences.

The event will run from 18 to 22 May at Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London, SE11 5RH.

This public programme aims to commune with the wounds of triangular slave trading and its present legacies. Participants are invited to question how we can transform past traumatic histories into new ways of living and healing through a series of ocean-themed workshops and events held in an immersive space at Gasworks created by artists Ambrose Rhapsody Murray and Robertina Šebjanič.

Contributors: Veronica Amon, Kathyrn Attril, Ella Frost, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson, Sacha Nicette, Aisha Mirza, Ambrose Rhapsody Murray, Soha Salem and Robertina Šebjanič

MA curators: Carianne Annan, Isabelle Lily Cain, Jeanne de La Masselière, Weiduo Liu, Mattie O’Callaghan, Antoine Schafroth, JinYao Wang and Aleksandra Wojt

Opening Events

18 May, 6–9pm Opening celebration with screening of prerecorded conversation between Ambrose Rhapsody Murray and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. The conversation engages with the importance of water in the black diaspora and is followed by a Q&A in presence of Ambrose Rhapsody Murray


19 May, 7–8.30 pm, when de memory came <3 // for we are water, and all water is life, Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson (meditative workshop for Black women+ only) booking required (free): Book Here

20 May, 7–9pm What You Love Too Much To Lose by Ella Frost, Soha Salem, Aisha Mirza (screening) + Workshop with Ella Frost and Veronica (Vee) Amon, booking required (free): Book Here

21 May, 2–4pm Seaweed Light Traces: an ecological analogue film workshop with Kathryn Attrill, booking required (free): Book Here

Between the Deep Blue project identity

Image Credit: Matthew Lewis, Between the Deep Blue project identity, 2022

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