As a part of the public programme for the Waiting Room, artists and writers have been invited to present on the themes that emerge from Sarah Sze's new exhibition at Peckham Rye Station.
BSL will be available at this event.
Sarah Sze's The Waiting Room contains bright, flashing imagery that may cause discomfort and /or seizures for those with light sensitivity and/or photosensitive epilepsy. The readings will take place within the exhibition space.
For information on step-free access, visit our access information page for The Waiting Room or email us at email@example.com.
Hand outs of the text will be available in print and digital formats.
Khairani Barokka (Okka) is a writer and artist from Jakarta, and Editor of Modern Poetry in Translation. Her work aims to centre disability justice as anticolonial praxis, and has been presented widely internationally. Among her honours, she’s been a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change, Delfina Foundation Associate Artist, Associate Artist at the National Centre for Writing, and an Artforum Must-See. Okka is currently shortlisted for the 2023 Asian Women of Achievement Awards, in the Arts and Culture Category. Her latest book is poetry collection Ultimatum Orangutan (Nine Arches), shortlisted for the Barbellion Prize.
Abi Palmer is an artist and writer. In 2020, she was selected to be part of Artangel's grant and mentorship programme Thinking Time, then in 2023 she created Abi Palmer Invents the Weather in collaboration with her cats, Cha-U-Kao and Lola Lola.
Key works includes Sanatorium (Penned in the Margins, 2020), a fragmented memoir, jumping between luxury thermal pool, and blue inflatable bathtub; and Crip Casino, an interactive gambling arcade parodying the wellness industry and institutionalised spaces. Crip Casino has been exhibited at Tate Modern, Somerset House, Wellcome Collection, and Collective Edinburgh.
Palmer has also been commissioned by Wysing Arts Centre, BBC Radio, Vice News, Wellcome, the Guardian and Shape Arts. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's Awards for Artists and Sanatorium was shortlisted for the Barbellion Prize.
Peter Adjaye is a conceptual sound artist, specialising in multi-disciplinary collaborations. He is an accomplished composer, producer, musicologist, a creative consultant and educator with a post graduate in mathematics. He is passionate about exploring the crossover between the arts, science, architecture design, fashion and film. His unique set of skills and vast experience have enabled him to continually develop his borderless collaborative work ‘Music for Architecture’. He uses sound as a component of how we experience space and architecture. This work has culminated in the publication, ‘Dialogues’ on Music for Architecture Records in association with Vinyl Factory Records. Peter has exhibited his sound art installations worldwide including London, Washington, New York, Oslo, Denmark, Rome and Miami and at Museums and Gallerys such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, The Barbican Curve, Tate Modern among others.
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (b. 1995, London) is a Berlin/London-based artist. They received an BA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2019. Brathwaite-Shirley works predominantly in animation, sound, performance, and video game development. Their practice focuses on intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell the stories of Black Trans people
Chloe AyoDeji Filani is an artist of Poetry, Performance, Black Feminism, Public Speaker and workshop facilitator. Her artistic practise/poetry works with her lived experience of being a black trans woman and the broader themes of identity of power structures and finding hope in the imagination and storytelling.
She has performed a dance, sound piece at Late at Tate, and has performed poetics at the ICA, HOME, spoken at the Victoria and Albert Museum, UAL, Somerset House and BCA.
Image credit: Bernice Muluger
Nicola Singh is British-Panjabi performance artist and experimental vocalist, working between experimental new music and visual art.
She uses text, sound and improvisation to explore the formation of diasporic identity. She focuses on embodied, ritual and somatic practices, often using Yoga-philosophies to explore notions and experiences of collective healing, liberation and decolonisation.
Selected commissions include HH Art Spaces (India), Tetley Gallery (Leeds), Xarkis Festival (Cyprus), Cinenova, London & CCA, Brighton (UK), La Bonne (Spain), David Dale Gallery (Scotland), Workplace Gallery (UK), Eastside Projects (UK), Hongti Art Centre (South Korea), Jerwood Visual Arts (UK) and BALTIC (UK). She has been resident artist at Porthmeor Studios (UK), Hospitalfields House (Scotland) and Art House (UK). Her work was acquired by the Government Art Collection in 2021.
Singh is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Curation at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and has a practice-based PhD in Performance Writing from Northumbria University (2017).
Petra Szemán (b. 1994, based between NE England and Japan / born in Budapest, Hungary) is a moving image artist working with animation and game-like landscapes. Their practice focuses on the murky borderlands along the arbitrary line separating real and fictional, and the kind of lives, experiences, and perspectival systems that are possible there. Turning away from thinking of the cyberspace as a radically ’other’ realm, Petra hopes to walk the line situated between dystopian and utopian frameworks, eyes set on new queer horizons. Their work has been exhibited at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead); NTT InterCommunicationCentre (Tokyo, JP); Seventeen Gallery (London); The Photographers’ Gallery (London); as well as various galleries across England, Continental Europe and East-Asia. Petra is the co-editor of the book WEEB THEORY, a joint animatic endeavour with Jamie Sutcliffe, published by Banner Repeater (London, 2023).
Carl Gent (they/them) is an artist from Bexhill-on-sea. Much of their recent work has sought to refictionalise the life of Cynethryth, eighth-century Queen of Mercia through a range of amateur dramatics, tabletop gaming, self-publishing cesspits and the parading of decapitated kings in community carnivals. Through their collaboration with Kelechi Anucha they investigated the girly and divine links between folk and church song, and their ongoing collaborative practice with Linda Stupart has given birth to a range of live, published and exhibited restagings of the 1990s video game Ecco the Dolphin. Their latest pamphlet, The Balls of Alban, was published by Monitor Press in 2022.
Savinder Bual (she/her) is an artist whose practice explores the interplay between the moving and the still. Bual’s work has been screened and exhibited widely, including Turner Contemporary, Peer Gallery, Standpoint, Caraboo Projects, CCA Glasgow, Whitstable Biennale, Bristol Beacon, Manchester International Festival and The Crafts Council. She was a recent recipient of a Jerwood Bursary and is an Arts Foundation Futures fellow in Animation.
Belinda Zhawi (she/her) is a Zimbabwean literary & sound artist based in London, author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018), & experiments with sound/text performance as MA.MOYO. Her work has been featured on various platforms including The White Review, NTS, Boiler Room & BBC Radio. She’s held residencies with Triangle-Asterides France, Cove Park, Serpentine Galleries and ICA London. Belinda’s the co-founder of literary arts platform, BORN::FREE.
Plumm (she/her) is a genre-bending, stage strutting chameleon, dining with both light and shadow. Her tune “You Are The One Live” is the title track for new Apple TV series - Liaison. Plumm is an eccentric performer, recently selling out the Jazz Cafe with her Led Zeppelin band, has her own Rock/Jazz band that have staged the likes of the Royal Albert Hall and performs in larger collectives such as Levitation Orchestra. Catch her as Clash Magazines one-to-watch and Jamz Supernova’s After Dark Discovery. Plumm is also currently a Future Bubbler under Gilles Peterson. This year she'll be performing at Glastonbury, Love Supreme, Boom Town,PunchDrunk and more.