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performingborders in conversation with Rosa-Johan Uddoh and Party Office

20th June 2024


Zoom, Wednesday 10th July, 6:30-8PM BST / 7:30 -9PM CET / 1:30-3PM EST

Register here to receive the Zoom link to join the conversation or follow the conversation on the live stream on HowlRound TV at this link.

English live captions will be available during the event and are provided by the National Captioning Institute.


performingborders is excited to invite you to join artists Rosa-Johan Uddoh and Party Office for an open online conversation exploring their upcoming performingborders commissions: our annual performance to camera for 2024 and our guest-curated digital pamphlet, both to be published in July.

This year we have commissioned two separate works from these artists to add to the tapestry of international reflections and practices on performativity and borders, exploring themes of purpose, spiritual explorations, performative practice and more. 

In her performance to camera, co-commissioned in partnership with performance, possession + automation, Rosa explores her encounters with Black Madonnas and their radical apparitions. This exploration draws from her personal ongoing journey, starting with her pilgrimage ten years ago in Cuba and continuing through this year’s trip to Le Puy, France.

Party Office, founded by Vidisha-Fadescha will guest curate a pamphlet of texts and resources. Rooted in poet and activist June Jordan’s poem “we are the ones we have been waiting for”, the pamphlet is an assembly of artists who archive and speak of their communities through first person story-telling and interventions, in a ‘translational’ dialogue, through performance, videos and writing. 

Join us to talk about these new commissions as a part of performingborders’ 2024 programme, meet the artists and explore the ongoing conversation between artists, thinkers, and activists that are a part of performingborders’ platform. 

Artists bios

Rosa-Johan Uddoh is an interdisciplinary artist working towards radical self-love, inspired by Black feminist practice and writing. Through performance, writing, film, and multimedia installation, she explores the effects of specific places, objects, and characters in popular culture, on self-formation. Rosa was shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2022 for her film-making and Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library Artist-in-Residence in 2020. Rosa is a Lecturer in Performance at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, and her first book, Practice Makes Perfect, was published by Book Works and Focal Point Gallery in 2022.

Vidisha-Fadescha is an artist, curator and a cultural critic. Through lived experience of a radical gender, caste, race and disability; they suggest centering one’s own pleasure and wellbeing as a liberatory practice towards Abolition. Their artwork includes video, sound, text, and performance. Fadescha founded Party Office, an anti-caste, anti-racist, trans-feminist, Queer Anarchist, art and social, space and time in 2020. Through collective practices, publications, grants, archives, parties, geographic refuge, and more, they are building translational dialogues on empathetic futures, care communities, and radical agency. Party Office b2b Fadescha were a lumbung artist at documenta fifteen 2022.

This event is supported by the Arts Council England and Necessity Fund. The live streaming is kindly supported by HowlRound Theatre Commons.

Image Credits: (Left) Rosa-Johan Uddoh, photo by Louis Brown. (Right) Photo by Vidisha-Fadescha.