Languid Hands. Curatorial Fellows 2020-21

Languid Hands is a London-based artistic and curatorial collaboration between Rabz Lansiquot, a filmmaker, curator, and DJ, and Imani Robinson, writer, live art practitioner, and prison abolitionist. Their work is informed by ongoing explorations in Black and queer studies, Black creative practice, Black liberatory praxis and queer methodologies. They began collaborating in 2015, through the collective sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU). With SYFU they produced public programming in a number of institutional and independent contexts in the U.K. and Europe including curated screenings, collective readings, performances, workshops and discussions, and curated exhibitions including the BBZBLKBK Alternative Graduate Show 2018 at Copeland Gallery, London and (BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY?, a group exhibition at Many Studios as part of Glasgow International Festival 2018. In 2019, as Languid Hands, they made the film Towards a Black Testimony: Prayer, Protest, Peace commissioned by Jerwood Arts for the group exhibition Jerwood Collaborate! which was also exhibited at Stroom, Den Haag, alongside a curated public programme of performances by artists from their extended community. Currently, away, completely: denigrate, a group show curated by Languid Hands is on view at Fitzrovia's narrative projects.

Rabz Lansiquot is a filmmaker, programmer, curator, and DJ. They were a leading member of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU) collective from its inception in 2014. Rabz was Curator In Residence at LUX Moving Image in 2019, developing a public and educational programme around Black liberatory cinema. Their first solo exhibition where did we land, an experimental visual essay exploring the use of images of anti-black violence in film and media, was on view at LUX in Summer 2019, presented alongside a programme of screenings and a study day. They have curated film programmes at the ICA, SQIFF, Berwick Film & Media Festival and were a programme advisor for London Film Festival’s Experimenta strand in 2019, and are on the selection committee for Sheffield Doc Fest 2020. Rabz is also training to deliver workshops in using and eco-processing Super 8 at not.nowhere and is a board member at City Projects.

Imani Robinson is a London-based writer, live art practitioner, and prison abolitionist. They completed their MA in Forensic Architecture at the Centre for Research Architecture in 2019 and will begin a Study Residency at LADA in 2020, made possible by the ACE Developing Your Creative Practice grant which Imani was recently awarded. Besides Languid Hands, recent projects include: Ditto & Ditto Take a Trip to Port Authority, a moving image work made with Halima Haruna; WELCOME NOTE IN A WELCOME SPEECH, a collaborative performance with artist Libita Clayton; and The Black Drift, an ongoing series of workshops and performances exploring Black geographies and the psychic afterlives of transatlantic slavery. Imani’s writing has been published widely, including by Wasafiri magazine, Mousse Publishing, PSS, 1_1 and Arcadia Missa. They are also the editor of Talking Drugs, an online platform dedicated to providing unique news and analysis on drug policy, harm reduction and related issues around the world.


Happy Birthday Abbey Lincoln! Towards A Black Testimony: Prayer/Protest/Peace Screening and Conversation

No Real Closure Programme

Languid Hands on Curation and Care during this 'moment'

Read Watch Listen: Introducing Languid Hands

BFI Experimenta Debate: Rabz Lansiquot on Representation and Praxis

Languid Hands Mind Map

Objects Who Testify by Imani Robinson