British Council and PPP are thrilled to announce our third selected artist for the “Air B2B: Britain to Brazil” artistic residencies: British-born Ghanaian poet, writer and filmmaker Victoria Adukwei Bulley . She is set to spend a month at Sacatar Foundation (Bahia, Northeast Brazil) and at Casa Rio (Rio de Janeiro), in April 2018.
An alumna of the Barbican Young Poets, Victoria’s work has appeared in The Poetry Review, in addition featuring on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. She was shortlisted for the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2016, and is a Complete Works fellow. Victoria’s debut pamphlet, Girl B, edited by Kwame Dawes, forms part of the 2017 New-Generation African Poets series. She is the director of MOTHER TONGUES, an intergenerational poetry, translation and film project supported by Arts Council England and Autograph ABP.
During her residency, Victoria will build upon the themes of MOTHER TONGUES by exploring oral histories of language, migration and identity. As a descendant of formerly enslaved Africans who returned to West Africa from Bahia in 1835, the residency provides an opportunity for her to investigate this heritage through poetry and film. This project also coincides with work Victoria is completing in London as a V&A Research Institute artist in residence, examining histories of slave-ownership within the Victoria & Albert Museum collection.
The residency is part of a one year programme offered by British Council Brazil, delivering three residencies for 3 UK based emerging artists to work in Brazil, produced by PPP and Casa Rio (PPP do Brasil’s artist residency space, Rio de Janeiro), taking place between September 2017 and April 2018.
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