current projects
Recent Publications

Speculative Fabulations: Beneath Yaba's Garden

Feminist Review

Issue: Archives

FREE TO READ FOR AUGUST 2020!

Ama Josephine Budge in conversation with Angela Chan (in) Science Fiction Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press

Series: Documents of Contemporary Art

 

Imaging an Assisted Evolution: The environmental futurity of Zanele Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama

Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies

Issue: Curatorial Care 

Of Parables, Patterns, and Progeny — Rethinking Trans Theory with Octavia E. Butler (in) Think Pieces by the UCL IAS Review

Ama Josephine Budge & Christine ‘Xine’ Yao

Issue 2: Turbulence

BBZ 2019 Graduate Show: From Loneliness into Abundance

Afropunk, Sept 2019

Forthcoming Publications

“Eugenics – Population Control.” (in) Informatics of Domination

ed. Jennifer Rhee, Zach Blas, Melody Jue, Duke University Press (pub. 2021)

 
 
Writing available Online:
Well Hung: reflections on Gray Wielebinski’s "Shaved in Opposite Directions"
(non-fiction)
I walk into b.Dewitt’s pop-up gallery at 59 Hackney Road and am immediately engulfed by colours and textures: faux fur and leather, denim, defiant monochrome, and platinum blonde shaved afros...
Full article available online here..
Consented Issue 9: Environment
(fiction)
This magazine features 100 pages of art and illustration with three sections; Decolonising Environmentalism, Not So Green Capitalism & Towards Environmental Salvation. Featuring my latest story, Watching the Channel.
Purchase the magazine here... 
A Shoal of Lovers Leads Me Home, (fiction)
The ocean was a toxic enemy, but this was Kwakua’s special place. Near enough to the ruins that the familiar taint of old blood plucked at her, yet far enough away so as not to harm the life that grew inside...
Read the whole story free online here..

"Her prose is lush as the soft insides of a husky nut shaken from the topmost branch, lush as that first millisecond after sex. She's a new force in genre fiction. I'm excited to see what she brings us next."  

Sara Saab, writer of poetry & strange fiction

contact
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Ama is usually based in London, UK.

Ama Josephine Budge's A Shoal of Lovers Leads me Home is aheady, hopeful sensorium" 

- Michael Matheson, Anathema: Spec from the Margins

“Ama is exactly the kind of young writer we need, innovative, daring, fantastical and delicious, the UK’s N.K Jemisin meets Tomi Adeyemi.” 

- Tosin Coker, The Mouth of Babes

Upcoming Projects/Appearances

Lead Artist: Myco-Lective with Feral Practice & Chisenhale Studios 

Myco-Lective takes its inspiration from human & nonhuman models of

education and mutual aid, especially the mycorrhizal networks of the forest, where established trees share nourishment with shaded neighbours via under-soil webs of fungal mycelium. Working with 6 artists selected through an open call, the curator & lead artist will lead the development of new ideas & skills, while actively nurturing the

increasing autonomy & collectivity of participants over a 12 month period.

May 2020-2021, London

New Work Commission: Other Futures Festival, Amsterdam

I will be installing a new work at Other Futures Festival, a multidisciplinary festival of speculative fiction from all over the world. The second edition in April 2020 will focus on the relation between humans and non-humans and the question how to create multispecies communities.

October 2020, Amsterdam

Queer Ecologies

Three interlinked artist residencies led by Linden Katherine McMahon, Hari Byles and Ama Josephine Budge at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve will explore queer ecologies. Through a series of events, collaborations and new writing, we will creatively engage with the queerness of nature, paying particular attention to how queer people can connect and collaborate with non-human beings to create new stories and new futures. 

*postponed new dates tbc*, The Nature Reserve, Bethnal Green 

Previous Projects:
Apocalypse Reading Room launches at Free Word, 2019
The Apocalypse Reading Room will be an on-site library from writer and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge, who will also lead in-conversation events exploring alternatively gendered and ungendered worlds. Part of Free Words new Season: All the Ways that we could Grow.
Co-convening 'The Art of Not Doing Conference: on Rest, Resistance & Pleasure Activism'
In a culture that valorises busyness, productivity, pace and “progress”, stillness can be radical. Refusing, ignoring, omitting, not doing; sometimes the most political actions look like doing nothing at all. But who gets to not do? When and how is not doing a politicised, racialised, privileged, resistant or utopian act?
Birkbeck University, Oct 17th 2019.
Casco Art Institute Commission
I'm delighted to announce that I have been commissioned as one of four solo artists, to produce a new work for the Casco Art Institute Fall Exhibition Programme, in conjunction with Uitfeest in Utrecht, Netherlands from 14 Sept - 3 Nov, 2019. Other works will be presented by Babi Badalov, Ansuya Blom and Mire Lee.