Alexis Pauline Gumbs Undrowned (2020) writer and artist Ambrose Rhapsody Murray are addressing the healing power of waters and the sacredness of listening. Rooting the conversation in the necessity of listening and loving, they explored the holding of memories by the ocean, creating a dialogue between their own practices. This commissioned conversation has been screened at the opening night, followed by a live Q&A with artist Ambrose Rhapsody Murray to dive into the meaningful visions of the two speakers on black feminism, colonialism, traumatic survival and more-than-human connections.
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a Queer Black Troublemaker and Black Feminist Love Evangelist and an aspirational cousin to all sentient beings. Her book Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (2020) is a series of meditations based on the increasingly relevant lessons of marine mammals in a world with rising ocean levels.
Ambrose Rhapsody Murray
Ambrose Rhapsody Murray is a Queer artist from Western North Carolina who studied African American History alongside Fine Art at Yale University. Murray’s experience in liberation movement and social justice spaces across the South informs their praxis as a Black, queer, southern artist. Themes of liberation, containment, labour, migration, memory, water, ancestry, memories, the body and openings / portals are themes they evoke through their works.