Dominique White and Taylor Le Melle in conversation

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    Dominique White in her studio in Todi, 2024. Photo: Zouhair Bellahmar

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This event was on Thursday 11 July, 6.30pm

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Dominique White and Taylor Le Melle in conversation

Join artist Dominique White in conversation with writer and curator Taylor Le Melle for an event exploring her new commission, Deadweight which poetically navigates traumatic histories of the transatlantic slave trade through a sculptural meditation on the shipwreck.  

The new commission weaves together concepts of Afrofuturism, Afro-pessimism and Hydrarchy – philosophies central to White’s research and artistic practice. Her work envisions an Afro future, located outside of traditional utopian science fiction, in an oceanic realm with the potential to offer fluid, rebellious realities, liberated from capitalist and colonial influence.  

Deadweight was developed from White’s winning proposal for the ninth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and realised during a six-month residency organised by Collezione Maramotti.

About Dominique White

Dominique White has a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and a Foundation in Art and Design from Central Saint Martins. Recent solo exhibitions and presentations include: May You Break Free and Outlive Your Enemy, La Casa Encendida, Statements, Art Basel (Basel, Switzerland, 2022); The Cinders of the Wreck, Triangle (Astérides, Marseille, France, 2022); Hydra Decapita, VEDA (Florence, Italy, 2021-2022); and Blackness in Democracy’s Graveyard, UKS (Oslo, Norway, 2021). Recent group exhibitions include Afterimage at MAXXI L’Aquila (Italy, L’Aquila, 2022-2023); Love at Bold Tendencies (London, UK, 2022); Techno Worlds at Art Quarter Budapest, commissioned by Goethe-Institut (Travelling) (2021-2025). 

About Taylor Le Melle

Taylor Le Melle works as a curator (of sorts) and certainly as a writer of ante-modern and anti-modern criticism; off-kilter catalogue essays and fiction of the artistic sub-genre type; as an editor and publisher of several collections of science fantasy, theory and poetry; as a researcher into plants, property and physical experience — bodies, the social kind with reluctance and the flesh kind with enthusiasm — cultivating perception and proprioception through self-experimentation.  

Taylor is one of several co-directors of London-based workers cooperative not/nowhere, whose primary occupations is with building a just infrastructure for artistic practice via the circulation and distribution of 8mm and 16mm moving image formats.