NON Records launch new arts series at ICA

NON-affiliates and groundbreaking artists will be coming together on 2 June for a series of panel discussions and performances based on confronting systemic exclusion and colonialism

NON have teamed up with Thirty Three Thirty Three to launch the multidisciplinary arts series NON XCHANGE at the ICA. The aim is to confront “spatial violence and systemic exclusion, forming a cultural dissent against the structural legacy of colonialism”.

Over the course of three days, panel discussions on ‘Language, Symbolism and Power’ and ‘Power Structures’ will be taking place, along with the premiere of Practice – a film collaboration between photographer Harley Weir and London breakthrough designer Grace Wales Bonner, featuring sounds from Dev Hynes. Practice will include collaged visuals from Johannesburg and Cape Town’s dance scenes, incorporated into a story on the life of 17-year-old ballet dancer Leroy Mokgatle.

‘Language, Symbolism and Power’ will explore “how artists can create social spaces that disrupt the flow of power”. It’ll feature DJ and writer Julia Huxtable, University of Warwick’s Professor Akwugo Emejulu and filmmaker Kodwo Eshun on the panel. The following day, ‘Power Structures’ will see NON citizens Chino Amobi, FAKA and Farai Bukowski-Bouquet discussing black noise amidst the traditions of white noise supremacy.

The ICA will also host a ‘General Assembly’ on the first day, which will feature performances from NON-affiliates Angel Ho, Chino Amobi, Faka and more against an art installation of commissioned flags and banners.

On the last day, 4 June, Radar Radio will be taking over the ICA with a run of performances from Embaci & Klein, a poetry show from Julia Huxtable and more.

Check out the full programme of events here.

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