Asmaa Jama is a poet who has been shorlisted for the 2021 African Brunel Prize. Before We Disappear is an interactive experience exploring the lives of Black Muslims and particularly the hyper-visibility / invisibility they feel and the surveillance they face. It also looks at the ways we can archive ourselves and our stories.
Blending interviews with footage of ritual performances, the project asks all who watch it to pause and think about how one’s physical body can affect their experience of living in the world. The project was inspired by a previous New Creatives commission, Another Pastoral by Lily Green; “It really made me reflect on who gets to belong in outdoor spaces”. The project was commissioned by New Creatives – a talent development scheme launched by BBC Arts and Arts Council England. It was supported by Kaleiderand Calling The Shots.
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