Ama Josephine Budge - Writer / Artist / Curator
Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose praxis navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities...
Usually based in London, from February - June 2021, Ama will be based in Upstate New York as the Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism at Bard College.
As many continue to organise for the long-crisis – or more aptly the continued crises our people and planet face – this two-day virtual convening asks what are the speculative futures we envision, how are people creating spaces and sanctuaries, what are the new narratives around spaces and who is shaping them? ‘The Spatial Imagination’ channels the abundance of ideas, passion, excitement and work of those at the intersection of art, culture, design and spatial practice.
Decision-making is rarely as simple as right or wrong, black or white, yes or no: it is a murky and complex process filled with human (and nonhuman) will, impulse, and error. This event brings together artists, activists, and scholars from across disciplinary boundaries to explore how choices are made, and why. We begin with Ama Josephine Budge Johnstone, Chelsea Frazier, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Himali Singh-Soin.
The Jan Van Eyck academy invites you to partake in an exercise of imagination and long-term thinking centered around the Intergovernmental Panel on Art and Climate Change (IPACC) — an assumed hybrid between an artistic body and a transnational organisation based on the partnership between the scientific community, policymakers, and art agents and institutions. Its prospects and challenges will be discussed in a speculative role-play between the present and the future generations.
Keynote talk: The Parables of Octavia Butler with adrienne maree brown. Writers and activists adrienne maree brown and Ama Josephine Budge in conversation, exploring the work of Octavia Butler. (ticketed)
Multidisciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie presents a new five-part podcast reimagining care and healing through the lens of art, health and science. Each 45-minute episode includes conversations, artists’ works and healing experiences. The series explores what care means for our bodies, our families, our communities, the planet and our futures.
“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