For the Arts in Conversation podcast #3, I was lucky enough to interview the artist Jade Montserrat about her exhibition Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement R&R at Space, London from 18 July - 7 September 2018, curated by Pro-Numb.
Jade, alongside curator Chris Rawcliffe, began this project to address the art world's and art institution's deep-rooted racism, gender inequalities and discrimination against those from “protected characteristics". Their work presupposes that an Affectionate Movement requires prioritising the urgency of a care-centred approach within the highly sensitive terrains that marginalised artists navigate.
More details on the exhibition can be found here.
In this podcast, we discuss the exhibition within her wider practice, her use of charcoal, her collaborative practice and her belief in a 'care-centred pedagogy'. It was recorded live on 25 July 2018 in the exhibition space and edited for broadcast.
Jade Montserrat lives and works in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is the Stuart Hall Foundation practice-based PhD candidate at The Institute for Black Atlantic Research, The University of Central Lancashire (2017-). Montserrat works at the intersection of art and activism through drawing, painting, performance, installation, sculpture, film, print and text. The artist interrogates these mediums with the aim to expose gaps in our visual and linguistic habits. She graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2003 and Norwich University of the Arts in 2010. Recent selected screenings, performances and presentations include: Arnolfini, and Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Alison Jacques Gallery (2017) and Princeton University (2016). Montserrat works collaboratively with artist and performance collectives including Network 11, Press Room, the Conway Cohort, Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement and Ecology of Care Bureau. She is the recipient of the Jerwood Drawing Prize student award (2017).