Rommi Smith & Dave Evans
Bodies of Colour
MLF and The Whitworth have co-commissioned poet and playwright Rommi Smith to respond to the exhibition Bodies of Colour. Spanning three hundred years to the present day, the exhibition looks at the representation of race and ethnicity in wallpaper, and includes work by Sonya Boyce, Robert Gober and Niki de Saint Phalle. Rommi is a prolific writer and performer, who often combines words and music to create beautiful and soulful work with a political bite. She will perform new poetry inspired by the exhibition and a recent research visit to New York, drawing out themes related to her own passionate interest in the historical Black Jazz and Blues Women of the 1920s – 1960s. At this special event at The Whitworth, Rommi is accompanied by pianist Dave Evans. Dave is a composer, musician and band leader with the Afro-Jazz outfit Ubunye.