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Maria Joranko, Fruit of our Families: conversation and shared lineages at St Johns Vale

Maria Joranko, Fruit of our Families: conversation and shared lineages at St Johns Vale

We are a collective of artists that found each other in our shared artistic joy as well as in our exhaustion from underrepresentation in the MFA Programme at Goldsmiths University, and educational and arts institutions at large. We come from various nationalities, ethnic and diasporic backgrounds and are united in our experiences of being “othered”, being at the receiving end of xenophobia and marginalization in the day-to-day and specifically as artists and MFA students. Our diverse art practices are informed by our diverse experiences; this is the nexus where we meet and our artworks come together.

Our purpose as artists, friends, and allies is to uproot socially constructed and culturally imposed notions of “Black” and “White” while actively supporting each other to move beyond racialized paradigms. As activists we facilitate action-taking toward sustainable, equalized change; establishing creative and educational equity. We are currently creating a toolkit in the form of a mentorship programme that will function as a support system for BA students. As a collective we work on a project-to-project basis, where the invitation to collaborate with and/or recruit new artist members is always open.

It is important to stress that although our movements may be perceived as and are political, socially activist and antiracist, we claim our humanity as the first, foremost and highest value. In this we bond, ally, unite, fight and celebrate life through artmaking.

Members: Femi Dawkins, Nicola Arthen, Maria Joranko, Sheri Sitauze

We are a collective of artists that found each other in our shared artistic joy as well as in our exhaustion from underrepresentation in the MFA Programme at Goldsmiths University, and educational and arts institutions at large. We come from various nationalities, ethnic and diasporic backgrounds and are united in our experiences of being “othered”, being at the receiving end of xenophobia and marginalization in the day-to-day and specifically as artists and MFA students. Our diverse art practices are informed by our diverse experiences; this is the nexus where we meet and our artworks come together.

Our purpose as artists, friends, and allies is to uproot socially constructed and culturally imposed notions of “Black” and “White” while actively supporting each other to move beyond racialized paradigms. As activists we facilitate action-taking toward sustainable, equalized change; establishing creative and educational equity. We are currently creating a toolkit in the form of a mentorship programme that will function as a support system for BA students. As a collective we work on a project-to-project basis, where the invitation to collaborate with and/or recruit new artist members is always open.

It is important to stress that although our movements may be perceived as and are political, socially activist and antiracist, we claim our humanity as the first, foremost and highest value. In this we bond, ally, unite, fight and celebrate life through artmaking.

Members: Femi Dawkins, Nicola Arthen, Maria Joranko, Sheri Sitauze

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