Grace Ndiritu: Performance Lecture

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Part of the CHEAD Annual Conference 2024

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Wednesday 20 March 2024, 16:15 - 17:30

Cooper Gallery
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design,
13 Perth Road,

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In the company of each other and against the backdrop of Becoming Plant, Grace Ndiritu will highlight the ethos sufficing her practice to compose a reflective space through a shared meditative dialogue that reveals the urgent effects of the Capitalocene, and the transformative power of healing and collectivity. Ndiritu will show film clips and invite audience questions.
This event is presented as part of the CHEAD Annual Conference 2024 with support from the DJCAD Centenary Trust, and hosted by Sophia Yadong Hao and Sarah Perks, co-curators of The Scale of Things.


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4pm Doors open
4.15pm Event starts
5.30pm Event ends and exhibition viewing
6.30pm Gallery closes

About the exhibition

The Scale of Things is a group exhibition of three moving image works that consider relations between humans and non-humans forming an exploration through history, intimacy and spirituality. Presenting the Scottish premiere of Grace Ndiritu’s Becoming Plant (2022), alongside Saodat Ismailova’s The Haunted (2017), and on its fiftieth anniversary, Margaret Tait’s Aerial (1974).

These works are brought together by a desire to unsettle how we imagine and see ourselves as part of nature. Understanding the recurring need for intimacy, to feel a connection that is commeasurable with our ability to impact and control, the exhibition approaches desire itself; the desire to plunge our bodies deep into the earth and transcend the bounded individualism of being ‘human.’

Co-curated by Sophia Yadong Hao (Cooper Gallery, DJCAD) and Professor Sarah Perks (Teesside University).

Read more on our exhibition page.

Artist's Biography

Grace Ndiritu is a British-Kenyan filmmaker and visual artist whose artworks are concerned with the transformation of our contemporary world. Her work has been featured in Art Review, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, The Financial Times,  Elephant,  BOMB,  Mousse,  Art Monthly,  Metropolis M,  Phaidon: The 21st Century Art Book,  Apollo Magazine 40 under 40  list, and recently on BBC Radio 4,  Woman's Hour.  

Her films have been at prestigious international film festivals such as the 72nd Berlinale, FID Marseille and BFI London Film Festival in 2022. She is also the winner of The Jarman Film Award 2022 in association with Film London.

Her 'hand-crafted' textiles, painting, photography, shamanic performances and videos  have been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibition including a mid-career survey  SMAK, Ghent (2023); British Art Show (2021 to 2023); Wellcome Collection, London (2022); Gropius Bau, Berlin (2022); Kunsthal Gent (2021); Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2021). Her work is housed in museum collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The British Council (London), LACMA (Los Angeles), Modern Art Museum (Warsaw) and  Foto Museum  (Antwerp). 


Image credits

Header still:
Grace Ndiritu, Becoming Plant, 2022 (film still)

Photos by ©AdvaPhotography

Funding support

The Scale of Things is supported by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. This lecture is presented as part of the CHEAD Annual Conference with support from the DoJ Centenary Trust.

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Event type Gallery event
Event category Design and Art