Right of Way: Ufuoma Essi, Dan Guthrie, Arjuna Neuman

18 January, 2023
– 18 March, 2023
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-4pm
Syncopated Green , Arjuna Neuman, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.
Image Description: Against rural background with a house separated by a tall green hedge, an arm stretches through the frame, holding what appears to be a small circular mirror. The mirror shows a reflection of people carrying a large speaker on their shoulders.
  • Please note LUX will be closed on Sat 4 March. 
  • On Thu 9 March we will be hosting a RELAXED SCREENING. Booking is required for the screening and general admission will be closed. 


  • Breakfast Opening: Wed 18 January 2023, 9 – 10.30am


LUX is pleased to announce an exhibition of newly commissioned moving image works by Ufuoma Essi, Dan Guthrie and Arjuna Neuman exploring representations of the English rural landscape. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic – as people realised anew the importance of nature and open spaces for our health and mental wellbeing – inequalities of access to rural land were being exposed, revealing the disconnect felt by millions of people towards the English countryside. A 2019 government review found that many Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people view the countryside as an ‘irrelevant white, middle-class club’, concluding that this divide is only going to widen as society changes and ‘the countryside will end up being irrelevant to the country that actually exists’. These new commissions interrupt and challenge the enduring perception of the rural idyll as an untouched and unchanging space where time stands still and asks how can our natural spaces be home to difference, protest, and activism.

Ufuoma Essi’s Pastoral Malaise explores the absences within the rural pastoral environments that are often framed by romanticism and picturesque conventions, constructed as tourist sites and refuges in rural landscapes across Britain.

Dan Guthrie’s black strangers seeks a man called ‘Daniel’ recorded on a bishop’s transcript held in Gloucestershire Archives, who was buried in Nympsfield in 1719 and described as ‘a black stranger’. Whilst walking, Dan talks directly to Daniel, speculating about the parallels between him and his namesake, and about how his experience in his hometown of Stroud mirrors that of ‘Daniel’.

Arjuna Neuman’s Syncopated Green reflects on the history of outdoor free parties in the English countryside, using rave music, past and present, to help forget the ‘official’ portrayal of England as picturesque, nostalgic, white, and rural. The film invites rave music into the English landscape – turning imperial history inside out. Somewhere between a music video, a memoir and an essay, it asks: how might our future be different if we had other histories to lean on – and dance with?

Right of Way has been commissioned with the Independent Cinema Office as part of an archival film touring project celebrating the history and legacy of the National Trails in England. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a selection of related works from the LUX Collection.



Films in the screening: 

black strangers, Dan Guthrie, 2022, 8 min.

Syncopated Green, Arjuna Neuman, 2022, 14 min.

Pastoral Malaise, Ufuoma Essi, 2022, 11 min.


Screening Schedule:

12:00 / 12:40 (with OC) / 13:20 (with AD)

14:00 / 14: 40 (with OC) / 15:20 (with AD)

OC: Open Caption

AD: Audio Description




  • Right of Way Screening and artists’ talk at BFI Southbank
    Thur 23rd February 2023
    Screening of commissions with archival films followed by a discussion with artists and curator Jonathan Ali. Book on the BFI website





Access Information:

Auditory/Visual Access: We have hearing loops, a large print guide and magnifying glasses available in the space. The films in the exhibition have open captions and audio descriptions (Please check the screening schedule).

Sensory Access: Please note that the exhibition space is very dark, and the sound/noise volume is adjusted to a higher level. The films contain flashing images and strobe lights.

You can find general access information here

Let us know in advance if you require the room to be brighter or lower volume environment or if any other adjustments are required to experience the exhibition. [email protected]



Ufuoma Essi is a filmmaker and artist from south-east London whose work spans film, moving image, photography and sound. Using the archive as an essential medium, her work revolves around Black feminist epistemology and the configuration of displaced histories, with the aim of interrogating and disrupting the silences and gaps of political and historical narratives. Recent screenings, solo and group exhibitions include South London Gallery, Public Gallery, London, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague; Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Berwick; Lisson Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Maysles Documentary Center, New York; and Black Star Film Festival, Philadelphia. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Is My Living in Vain at Gasworks, London (Autumn 2022) and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (2023).


Dan Guthrie is an artist, researcher and writer whose practice often explores representations of Black Britishness, with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas. In the last year, he has been a participant in East Bristol Contemporary’s Day School programme, a panel member for Stroud District Council’s review of streets, buildings, statues and monuments, and a part-time librarian. His work has been shown at the Whitstable Biennale, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Focal Point Gallery, Obsidian Coast and the ICA, and he has previously worked as a submissions viewer for the London Short Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival.


Arjuna Neuman was born on an airplane: that’s why he has two passports. He is an artist, filmmaker and writer. With recent presentations at CCA Glasgow; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Manifesta 10, Marseille; Showroom Gallery, London; TPW Gallery, Toronto; Forum Expanded, Berlin Berlinale; Jameel Art Centre, Dubai; Berlin Biennial 10, Germany; Serpentine, London X Qalandia Biennial, Palestine; Gasworks, London; Bold Tendencies, London, UK; Or Gallery, Vancouver; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Istanbul Modern, Turkey; MAAT and Docslisboa, Portugal; Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE; Bergen Assembly, Norway; at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; the 56th Venice Biennale and SuperCommunity; Industry of Light, London; the Haus Der Kulturen der Welt; at Ashkal Alwan and the Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon; Le Gaite Lyric, Paris; the Canadian Centre for Architecture; and the Rat School of Art, Seoul amongst others. As a writer he has published essays in Relief Press, Into the Pines Press, The Journal for New Writing, VIA Magazine, Concord, Art Voices, Flaunt, LEAP, Hearings and e-flux.


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