So tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m based in London. I study Philosophy, which was my main excuse to move to London. I do try my best to get out as much from my course as possible but that’s pretty slow work. In spite of this, it’s made me really value the importance in seeing things more radically, breaking away from liberal values that are too flaccid and too quick to praise problematic things and not question or challenge them. I feel like this is seen all across the city in some unfortunate ways. Fortunately, the city is also full of so many exciting and genuinely caring people who want to make their own spaces, away from corporate hands, including those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
I’m a working class, queer woman- these are all pretty important parts of my identity for me personally, but also complex, as I must acknowledge the privileges I do have (I’m white, cis and being educated at university). They’re important to the value of Lilith though, because the entire purpose of it is to create safe platforms that are also open and give fair representation to such identities. On a personal level, its why I created Lilith. I went to the Queer British Art exhibition at Tate Britain and I came out of it feeling unsettled. It felt curated for a straight audience, a glimpse into queer lives behind a curtain, with a running narrative of being othered. Captions loaded with the words 'scandal', 'tragedy' 'speculation', 'rumours' as if to say 'yes this doesn't look gay to you but wait till you hear what everyone has been saying about them ! Look at how sad a life they had and look at how accepting and pitying of it you are, well done ' idk it felt like a glimpse behind the curtain for straight ppl rather than a celebration for queer ppl. It felt like a facade (and an expensive one- £14 a ticket). I want to make sure what I do celebrates my identity and the identity of those who constantly are not represented- not something that tries to commodify it.
Where do your influences come from?
The White Pube are very influential to me, they have shown me a lot of value in not being afraid of abandoning institutions because their values do not match mine. I also admire their use of social media to make sure that they are approachable and also to make sure that everyone can be involved in their work through something as simple as a computer screen. In particular, I like their art reviews they put up online. I think i would like to have a platform where people were able to share their art thoughts with Lilith.
What projects are you working on/looking forward to doing in the future?
So many things !!
Two exhibitions- ‘Live As You Are’, which explores a range of gender identities or thoughts around gender, and will include a Sapphic film screening from Nice Mover (who run queer film and club nights). The second is the new technologies one. If you check out the Facebook page Lilith;collective there are briefs, we are looking for open calls so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also! On April 28th we will be helping to run a zine fair at Moth Club, with TUSK promotions. It will include publications from Gal-dem, Consented, Polyester and much more!
How would you describe your work/what you do?
For this project, I suppose I’m the curator. Which is fun because it allows me to engage with all sorts of mediums, which is the purpose of Lilith, to have a diverse range of work to show people that art can be accessible. One of the exhibitions I will be holding with electronic music artist √p38 is about open technologies- which will be a day of open access workshops and also art installations which involve technology. I’m especially looking forward to this because the workshops will hopefully show people that technology isn’t as abstract or as complex as we are made to think, and hopefully inspire people to see technologies as something that can be very DIY.
What is your philosophy in regards to your project? How do you integrate this in regards to your work?
It’s very much one of radical patience. Curation is slow and its hard to get everything into place and in the exact image I want- especially when I want Lilith to be free from sloppy, easy art that tries to avoid self-criticism or buzzwords for the sake of buzzwords- if that makes sense? Like a small example is being sent images of flowers and vaginas for artwork under the theme of gender, its essentialist and easy, maybe it looks pretty but there isn’t enough thought or radical thought put into it. It’s hard for everyone to think about this, and it’s hard for me to be the gatekeeper of this all, as I’m fallible also. I think a way I try to do this with my image of Lilith is simply by listening and asking questions, asking people what their work is about, asking friends what they think and asking what makes spaces engaging, safe and accessible for people.