This Work isn’t For Us is an ongoing study, initiated by Jemma Desai. Partly a critical appraisal of historic ‘diversity’ initiatives, partly an alternative policy document, the study is also an embodied ethnography, assembling testimonies from arts workers navigating institutionally initiated gestures at ‘inclusion’.
This series of encounters bring together some of the artists and practices that continue to shape the work.
The first session is with Zarina Muhammed of The White Pube whose text “The problem with Diaspora Art” instigated a dialogue between Jemma and Zarina both IRL and through writing. Here they place some of their public and private texts in dialogue to explore the resonance and divergences in their practices, and consider the (im)possibility of writing as praxis.