RESET: Alberta Whittle in Conversation with Lydia Yee

  • Alberta Whittle RESET 2020 Co-commissioned & co-produced by Frieze and Forma

    Alberta Whittle, RESET, 2020, 32 min. Co-commissioned & co-produced by Frieze and Forma © Alberta Whittle. Courtesy Alberta Whittle

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This event was on 11 December | 5 - 7pm

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RESET: Alberta Whittle in Conversation with Lydia Yee 

11 December | 5 – 7pm | £5

Join contributing artist Alberta Whittle in a discussion with Moving Bodies Moving Images curator Lydia Yee, exploring her methods for comprehending global issues through art.  

Made during the height of the nationwide lockdown, Whittle’s video piece RESET responds to a landscape of adversity, composed amidst the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the climate emergency. Connecting xenophobia, ecological breakdown, and fear of contagion as contributors to inequality, RESET promotes empathy and healing in the faces of seemingly monolithic issues. A focal point of the Moving Bodies Moving Images exhibition, dance figures in the piece as an act of reclamation, with performer Mele Broomes dancing through in a sparse domestic interior and through the landscaped grounds of a British stately home, reclaiming space usually associated with whiteness and privilege. 

The discussion will include opportunities for audience members to join the conversation through a live Q+A. The talk will be followed by a performance by Mele Broomes in the gallery space, performing an extended version of her choreography for RESET. 

About Alberta Whittle

Alberta Whittle’s (b.1980, Bridgetown, Barbados; lives and works between Barbados and Scotland) research-led practice is concerned with the legacies of slavery and apartheid, the erasure of Black people in everyday society through the avoidance and suppression of Black histories and perspectives, and ecological emergency. Her moving-image works interweave filmed footage and found material, text, and sound. She is the winner of the Frieze Artist Award 2020, and a 2022 Jarman Award nominee. 


About Mele Broomes

 Mele Broomes is an award-winning choreographer and performer. Her work embodies stories from the collective voice, creating sensory collaborations that channel her ancestral heritage. Working across direction, choreography, performance and creative production, Mele also founded V/DA in 2011, a multidisciplinary platform seeking to give agency back to creative practitioners. Her creative productions include Grin (Dance International, Glasgow, 2019), and Sonic Séance: The Gathering (CCA 2019, Take Me Somewhere Festival, 2019).