We, myself Rebecca Evans and Mira Loew, began this project in July 2019.
We started by capturing through moving image the physical feelings of CHANGE.
Six months later we found ourselves conceptualising the project in a new form,
one in which everything was tremendously unclear, the only thing that was certain; everyone was stuck at home.
At this point, we began conversations with 10 commissioned artists and the
residents of Waltham Forest to create something that would capture the particular feelings of this NOW.
This being stuck, isolated within a world that is and isn't changing,
while also offering people moments of reprieve, of joy and play in uncertain times.
As this NOW arrives over and over and Covid19 relentlessly continues to
amplify and highlight longstanding, ongoing inequalities,
particularly (if not exclusively) racial inequality.
We share dwell.ing and the below political causes in the hope that aspects of the work
is a continued call for conversation, action and reflection
that we ourselves need to practice as well as facilitate.
We place these below for you.
Alongside this we highlighted throughout the project work that
Waltham Forest Stand up to Racism and Creative Access provide.
'There's of course always been a magnificent presence of Black voices and offerings available, but some of us have only started to truly listen. As a small action online, amongst the longer and deeper work offline, I would like to amplify two dance artists who've always inspired me with their uplifting power, authenticity, and efforts to advocate,
Valerie Ebuwa @valerie_ebuwa
Kayla Farrish @fulloutfarrish.
suggest the music of
Moses Sumney @moses
"Expand your reality. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you people who inspire me to heal, learn and grow.
Diversify your feed.
Black Women within the Wellness Community:
"An Action which I'd like people to invest time in would be Natives by @akalamusic Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right. Natives speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.
This sits deep in my heart as my mother taught at his school. They work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice.
Back in March I performed for an award ceremony of this charity, which led me to learn more about it, champion it and bring further awareness towards it."
I would like to raise awareness and encourage support for black members of LGBTQ+ particularly in support of the trans community.
Please consider how you can support black trans-led organisations, here’s a few to get you started;
As the criss-crossing of planes above stop I hope we are all breathing and therefore thinking more deeply. Dreams become realities.