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Art to Art

Obsidian Foundation members Ester Heller, Asmaa Jama and Kojo Apeagyei, as well as Writer-in-residence Ella Frears and Obsidian Foundation founder Nick Makoha were commissioned to write a poem in response to Morgan Quaintance’s film Missing Time. By weaving considerations of alien abduction, cold war history, state concealment and hypnosis, Missing Time centres on the ideas around memory and the loss of memory, as experienced by an individual or by an entire country.

Morgan Quaintance is a London-based artist and writer. His moving image work has been shown and exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. He is the recipient of the Jean Vigo Prize for Best Director (Punto de Vista, 2021), Best Experimental Film award (Curtas Vila Do Conje, 2020), and the New Vision Award (CPH:DOX, 2020). His films are distributed by LUX Artists’ Moving Image, London


Art to Art is a project that features commissioned poems in response to Morgan Quaintance’s film Missing Time, shown at John Hansard Gallery in May and June 2021.Working with poets, JHG Writer in Residence Ella Frears facilitated a masterclass that enabled the group to explore the themes of Quaintance’s film, which later developed in to poems performed on Zoom and Facebook Live.

In collaboration with Ella Frears, Hannah Cox (JHG Duty Manager) and Nick Makoha and the Obsidian Foundation, the event featured poets Damian Basher, Clementine Ewokolo Burnley, alongside Obsidian Foundation members Kondo Heller, Asmaa Jama and Kojo Apeagyei, as well as hosts Ella Frears and Nick Makoha.

Organised in partnership with ArtfulScribe, as part of the SO:Write Literature Development Project.

read the poems or listen to the recordings on the links below:

Morgan Quaintance: Missing Time 14:49


Author 4dmin

Founded in 2020, Obsidain is an international organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.

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