Remembrance Day for Lost Species, 30 November, is a chance each year to explore the stories of extinct and critically endangered species, cultures, lifeways, and ecological communities. To mark this year’s RDLS ONCA have collaborated with three POC artists: Matice Moore, Laurèl Hadleigh and Tsai Tung Li, to develop an exhibition at ONCA gallery, as well as an events programme about biodiversity, racial justice, and environmental justice.
The mainstream environmental movement continues to exclude, devalue and threaten the lives and lands of people of colour. In recognition of Lost Species Day, this exhibition features the work of three POC identified artists with distinct approaches to exploring the environmental impact of racism and capitalism as on-going social disasters.
“Understandably we shrivel and retreat into stricken consequences of that catastrophe. But we have choices, and capitulation is only one of them.”
– Some of Us Did Not Die, New and Selected Essays of June Jordan
In conversation with the past, the future, and each other, the work explores strategies and connections required to survive our current apocalyptic conditions. Whiteness has framed racialized bodies and knowledge as expendable, inconsequential, or hazardous to the values of empire.
But some of us did not die.
This project is supported by funding from Arts Council England, and is part of the nationwide Season for Change – ‘celebrating the environment through culture and inspiring urgent action on climate change‘.
Open Studio & Ama Josephine Budge in conversation with Imani Robinson
Saturday, 17 November | 5pm – 7pm @ the Barge
You’re invited to visit the artists’ studio on the Barge,ONCA ‘s new floating arts space for East Brighton. Meet the artists in residence and learn about their research and their creative process as they prepare for their Lost Species Day exhibition in the ONCA Gallery. Then from 6 – 7pm join project curator Imani Robinson in conversation with writer and activist Ama Josephine Budge. Imani and Ama will explore the intersections of racial justice, ecological justice and biodiversity.
Some of Us Did Not Die: Exhibition Launch Event & Talk
Wednesday, 28 November | 6pm @ ONCA Gallery
Join curator Imani Robinson in conversation with ONCA ‘s resident artists Matice Moore, Tsai Tung Li and Laurèl Hadleigh at the launch event for the exhibition of works emerging from their Lost Species Day residency on the Barge. Reserve your place at the conversation here. The ticketed talks will take place from 6 -7 and the gallery will be open to all from 7 – 8pm.
Extinction and De-extinction with Dr Sadiah Qureshi
Thursday, 29 November | 6:30pm @ ONCA Gallery
Dr Qureshi’s talk will be a whistle-stop tour of the history of ideas about extinction. We’re all so familiar with the possibility of species extinction, that we often don’t realise it is a very modern way of understanding loss in the natural world. This talk will take us from the discovery of fossilised megabeasts in the late eighteenth century to the present-day debates about de-extinction and the future of earth’s biodiversity.
Family Day and Procession for Steller’s sea cow
Saturday 1 December | 12 – 3pm (storytelling and craft) and 3 – 6pm (procession) @ the Barge
On Saturday 1 December on the Barge, our floating learning space for East Brighton, join us to gather and pay respects to the sea and its lost and missing denizens. Come and make sea creature masks, then head out to the beach together for a Lost Species Day procession in memory of Steller’s sea cow (extinct 250 year ago), and in honour of seas and sea creatures here and everywhere.
Solidarity: an evening with Joshua Virasami, TJ Demos and Mads Ryle
Wednesday, 5 December | 6:30 – 8:30pm @ ONCA Gallery
Join Joshua Virasami (Black Lives Matter UK) and Tj Demos (Centre for Creative Ecologies, via Skype) with host Mads Ryle of Bolivia’s Democracy Center at ONCA to explore creative and grassroots ways of holding structural power holders to account and transforming power relations.
Some of Us Did Not Die: BSL tour and Q&A
Thursday, 6th December | 6 pm @ ONCA Gallery
Join ONCA Gallery Manager Lydia Heath for a BSL interpreted tour of ONCA’s Lost Species Day 2018 Exhibition, followed by Q&A. **This event is for people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.**
Some of Did Us Did Not Die | Drink & Zine Workshop
Friday, 14 December | 630 pm – 830pm @ ONCA Gallery
As we end this year’s programme, we’re hosting an Drink & Zine evening workshop, facilitated byONCA Gallery supervisor, communications officer & art activist Susuana Amoah. We invite participants to come and explore the themes behind the exhibition pieces and work collaboratively to create three zines. As well as encapsulating what we cover during our conversations, these zines will also be used as a public learning resource for Remembrance Day for Lost Species.
Poetry workshop with Selina Nwulu
Saturday, 15 December | 11 am – 1 pm @ ONCA Gallery
Please join poet Selina Nwulu in the gallery for a poetry workshop creatively exploring the intertwining themes of biodiversity loss and environmental justice. Selina Nwulu was Young Poet Laureate for London 2015-16 and received a PBS recommendation for her debut collection The Secrets I Let Slip (2015). This workshop is free. It’s for all people of 16+ and all levels of poetry writing experience.