DIG 21: Heather Agyepong | The Body Remembers
Presented by Fuel
Created and Performed by Heather Agyepong
Friday 15 October, 7.30pm
“To give love to our inner selves we must first give attention, recognition and acceptance. Having let ourselves know that we will not be punished for acknowledging who we are or what we feel, we can name the problems we see.”
Bell Hooks, author of Sisters of the Yam: Black Women & Self Recovery
The body is an archive. It remembers everything – even the things that the head forgets.
Heather Agyepong’s powerful new solo performance The Body Remembers explores how trauma lives in the body, particularly for Black British women across different generations. Through a unique and compelling relationship between the audience and artist, it creates a collective cathartic experience.
Created & performed by multidisciplinary artist & actor Heather Agyepong, The Body Remembers features interviews of Black British women in trauma recovery. The performance is inspired by the therapeutic practice of Authentic Movement with Agyepong as The Mover and the audience as The Witness. Featuring dynamic projections and an immersive soundscape which help the audience to re-discover the power of self-reflection as the start of recovery and healing. Co-created by Imogen Knight (movement) and Gail Babb (dramaturgy), The Body Remembers creates a space for audience and artist to attend to themselves and each other.Access
There will be discussion of trauma in relation to Black women’s experiences.
Physical exploration of trauma (and release).
Recommended for ages 16+
Photo by Myah Jeffers
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About Heather Agyepong
Heather Agyepong is a visual artist, performer/actor and maker who lives and works in London. Her art practice is concerned with mental health and wellbeing, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive. She uses both lens-based practices and performance with an aim to culminate a cathartic experience for both myself and the viewer. She adopts the technique of re-imagination to engage with communities of interest and the self as a central focus within the image.
She has worked within photographic & performance arts since 2009 with a range of works that have been published, performed and exhibited around the UK and internationally.
She has been nominated for Prix Pictet & Paul Huf Award in both 2016, 2018 & 2021. Her work exists in a number of collections including Autograph ABP, Hyman Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art and Mead Art Museum.
She has been commissioned by a number of organisations including the Mayor of London, Photoworks, Artichoke & Tate Exchange.
In her television/film and theatre work, she is drawn to challenging and compelling writing with an intrigue for unique voices. She has previously been an associate artist of black led theatre company Talawa and continue to perform both nationally & internationally.
Heather was nominated for the South Bank Sky Arts Breakthrough Award 2018, awarded the Firecracker Photographic Grant 2020 and was recently selected as part of Foam Talent 2021.