Special Viewing: Elsa James, ‘Othered in a region that has been historically Othered’Focal Point Gallery 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Focal Point Gallery are delighted to invite you to a special viewing of ‘Othered in a region that has been historically Othered’, by artist Elsa James, taking place at Focal Point Gallery on Saturday 23 July, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Nearest station, Southend Central. Check the c2c website for cheap weekend train tickets.
Her most ambitious work to date, ‘Othered in a region that has been historically Othered’ premieres in her home of Southend and is part of her ongoing enquiry into what it means to be black in Essex. The exhibition includes a major three-part film installation and original sound works, alongside text and new series of prints. These are centred around James’ lived experience, combining historical and speculative narratives, the untold stories of current residents and extensive research.
James’s recent works investigate recovery, recollection, and the archives, to examine ideas surrounding regionality of race and black subjectivity. Earlier films Forgotten Black Essex (2018) and Black Girl Essex (2019) forged new understandings of blackness viewed through a contemporary Essex lens by exploring little known histories and current accounts of residents in England’s most misunderstood county. The historical oppression that James’ research reveals is emblematic of her own experience and provides the basis of an ambitious new film work that spans vast timelines, eventually propelling viewers to a radical future vision of Essex.