The Equiano Centre


Queer Black Spaces 1

Queer Black Spaces 1 photograph

UCL Gower Street Campus
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

from 6pm until 9.30pm

Queer Black Spaces 1 was organised by Caroline Bressey and Gemma Romain as part of the Centre's Drawing over the Colour Line project, which explored the black presence in interwar London in relation to the artworld, focusing on a range of topics including race, sexuality and identity. The event was also organised to mark UCL's 2013 Diversity Month and LGBT History Month. Curated by Gemma Romain, the evening was dedicated to showcasing a range of visual art, poetry and research exploring Black British LGBT histories. Themes explored included Black LGBT identities, photography and visual culture; the lives of interwar Black gay artists' models; & Black transgender identities in the early twentieth century.

Participants included:

  • Ajamu - fine art photographer whose work has been shown in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces worldwide
  • Caroline Bressey - historical geographer specialising in the black British historical presence and director of The Equiano Centre,  UCL
  • Alison Oram - Professor of History at Leeds Metropolitan University, specialising in gender and sexuality in twentieth-century Britain
  • Jay Bernard - award winning poet and first international Resident Writer of The Arts House, Singapore during 2012
  • Gemma Romain - historian specialising in Black diasporic and Caribbean history, based at The Equiano Centre, UCL
  • Poulomi Desai - multi-media artist and Artistic Director of Usurp Gallery, London
  • Nazmia Jamal - teacher, cultural activist and programmer at London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival