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Dialogues Between Past, Present and Future
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A black and white photo of three figures in masks and headdresses
The Archive: Queer Nigerians, dir. Simisolaoluwa Akande, UK 2023, 25 min., English & Yoruba with English subtitles

These works put the past in conversation with both the present and the future, exploring recur-ring themes throughout different temporalities, often using first person narration or an engagement with archival materials.


The Lost Art of the Future
Dir. Theo Cuthand, Canada 2022, 4 min., English
Indigenous artist Theo Cuthand reflects on the unmade art of queer people who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS.

A Radical Duet
Dir. Onyeka Igwe, UK 2023, 28 min., English
Imagining a revolutionary play authored by two female activists in the anti-colonial movement in post-war London.

Speech for a Melting Statue
Dir. Collectif Faire-part, Belgium / Democratic Republic of Congo 2023, 10 min., French with English subtitles
Amongst the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter uprisings in Brussels, poet Marie Paule Mugeni anticipates the day colonial statues fall.

Wells of Despair
Dir. sata taas, Netherlands 2023, 20 min., Sakho with English subtitles
Through displaced belongings in ethnographic museums, sata taas collective consider the loss of indigenous culture and knowledge systems in Siberia.

The Archive: Queer Nigerians
Dir. Simisolaoluwa Akande, UK 2023, 25 min., English & Yoruba with English subtitles
This poetic film documents the experiences of queer Nigerians, expanding our contemporary understanding of how queerness is expressed.

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