scripted for a wayward narrator

09 December - 19 December 2019

Samra Mayanja studied for her Foundation Diploma at Leeds Arts University and has since exhibited and spoken widely. Her recent research explores the Ugandan film industry.

The exhibition follows the process that an actress embarks on in order to understand and play the role of a women, named in the script as THE WOMAN WHOSE NAME WAS OMITTED FROM THE SCRIPT.

Borrowing from Saidiya Hartman’s process of 'critical fabulation' (2008), 'scripted for a wayward narrator' constructs fictional narratives about two members of the artist's family and their roads to death and exile, drawing from online archival material. The exhibition investigates hyper-visible and invisible instances of structural violence.

As this show progresses, its envisaged that audiences will contribute. If you feel inspired by the exhibition, workshop or performance, you are welcome to join the process.

This is a space for contemplation. Please join the artist inside for conversations, workshops and performances. These events are free but booking is required. 

Wednesday 11 December 1.30-3.30pm - with fragments we tell: exploring auto-ethnography and critical fabulation
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Saturday 14 December 1-4pm - forging gestures: exploring gesture/posture/walk as language
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Tuesday 17 December 5-7pm - nudity, protest and performance
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This exhibition is open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday at our Blenheim Walk Gallery.

Opening night: Monday 9 December 5-7pm
Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Booking not required.

Closing event: Thursday 19 December 5-7pm
The closing performance titled, Narrator, will evolve over the course of the exhibition. Those that attend the exhibition, workshop and/or space for contemplation are invited to join the process of devising it during the sessions. 

Samra Mayanja, Untitled (still from video), 2019, film.Image: Samra Mayanja, Untitled (still from video), 2019, film.

  • 09 December - 19 December 2019
  • Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, Leeds, LS2 9AQ