Circuit Programme National Lead
Convenor: Young People’s Programmes
Tate Britain/Tate Modern
Fannie Sosa’s work for Tate Exchange at Tate Modern brought together interdisciplinary art practice, community healing and strengthening and activism. The project Melanate The Tate successfully introduced a new generation of young creatives, Tate Collectives, and wider audiences to a progressive application of contemporary art, utilising intellectual, artistic and spiritual framework to navigate the complexity of history, science, Blackness, sexual and gender identities.
Melanate The Tate was accomplished in collaboration with niv Acosta and Tate Collective London, a multicultural group of young creatives, which created confidence in their voice, ownership of their narratives, and the ability to question and critique their own personal and communal contexts, that draws on afro-diasporic awareness, to challenge issues of representation and presence in our immediate and global location. The range of art forms, such as spoken word, film, dance, soundscapes, and live performance demonstrated a political use of the white space and the Black body.
The high production and artistic vision of Melanate The Tate had strong impact on both the young performers, as well as wider audiences, who were able to contribute and participate directly with and through the work. The topics and content of the work demonstrated an embedded holistic, decolonial and radical approach to art practice. Additionally, the use of space, and film work revealed the relevance and connection to the current social and political tensions that are present today.
I was delighted to have Fannie Sosa come and present her incredible work at Syracuse University this spring 2017. Her lecture was eye opening for many of the non POC students and affirming for the POC students. She attracted students from across the University—an audience of roughly 150 members of the campus community and the public at large attended her lecture, and another 10 came to the Twerkshop (attendance was capped, and many more people contacted me inquiring about the event).
Sosa was a consummate professional. She was clear about her needs and used the event as a teaching moment for everyone involved. I feel transformed by my experience of working with her. I am profoundly grateful for this and hope to have her return again. Fannie is an amazing person.
Award Winning Artist, Activist, and Educator
Dr. Fannie Sosa is an unparalleled scholar, Black feminist, and my muse! Her research and scholarship have informed my practice deeply. Her presence in the field has created waves of change that we all have benefited from. Sosa´s genius manifests in all her forte´s including movement education, fashion styling/consulting, pedagogy, theories, film, performance, music, etc.. and she seems to master a new subject regularly. As a solutions based black high achieving femme she is a force to be revered and amplified.
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