A person sits on a stripy black and white chair. They are wearing a purple top and black leather trousers.

Lola Olufemi, photo by Robin Christian

We are excited to announce that Lola Olufemi is curating the public programme for our exhibition, Acts of Resistance: Photography, Feminisms and the Art of Protest.

This group exhibition at the SLG, organised in collaboration with the V&A, brings together works by international artists and collectives who are using the camera to challenge and move beyond traditional protest photography.

This urgent and political exhibition explores feminism and activism from an international and contemporary perspective. Looking at different approaches to feminism from the past 10 years, the show highlights shared concerns including intersectionality, transnational solidarity, and the use of social media and digital technology as a tool for change.

Lola Olufemi is a Black feminist writer and researcher from London. She is currently based in the Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media at the University of Westminster. Her work focuses on the uses of the political imagination and its relationship to cultural production, political demands and futurity. She is author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power, Experiments in Imagining Otherwise and a member of ‘bare minimum’, an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.

Olufemi’s programme includes a panel discussion on 9 March, with artists Sofia Karim, Sheida Soleimani and Rafeef Ziadah and a performance by Ru Kaur. On 17 April, she will host a workshop using creative methods to explore how people engaged in feminist organising in the UK can begin conceptualise the interconnectedness of feminist struggle and organise across borders.

Speaking about what inspires her work and thinking behind the programme, Lola Olufemi says: “In a political moment defined by overlapping forms of political crisis, spurred by the fascistic and genocidal intent of capitalist states, this programme explores how artistic production is enmeshed in feminist organising and rebellion across the world, it asks, what constitutes an act of feminist resistance and what kinds of material action are necessary to sustain them?”

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Public Programme Funder: The Ampersand Foundation