New Commission

Rommi Smith & Dave Evans

Bodies of Colour

  • 18
  • Oct

2018

Thursday

7.00pm

Image of Rommi Smith in front of a dark background, with her hands are in the air gesticulatingLizzie Coombes

  • Image of Rommi Smith in front of a dark background, with her hands are in the air gesticulating

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.