Illegal human, poem by Hamdi Khalif

Illegal human    ‘I see you’ve brought your colours’ they hiss and I shrunk under my technicolored coat  I know what they really mean. Why isn’t my soul as dark as my skin? And I...

Not my problem, poem by Hamdi Khalif

Not my problem   The streets dirty them until they grey with the buildings. Pavements. ‘Can you spare any change please?’ ‘Who?’ ‘What?’ He can’t be speaking to me. Must be that woman with the posh...

Who Are We? by Selina Nwulu

I  What does it Matter? “…you don’t worry about dirt in the garden because it belongs in the garden but the moment you see dirt in the bedroom you have to do...

Lullabies at The Consul, poem by Laila Sumpton

This is a response piece by a 'roaming' resident at Who Are We? project. Lullabies at The Consul  Vem kan segla förutan vind? Vem kan ro utan åror? Vem kan skiljas från vännen...

Floorplans, poem by Laila Sumpton

This is a response piece by a 'roaming' resident at Who Are We? project. Floorplans These are the lines I remember I’ll draw them in the sand and these the ones I would...

Stitching migrating proverbs, poem by Laila Sumpton

This is a response piece by a 'roaming' resident at Who Are We? project. Stitching migrating proverbs When you darned you wove in this to warm my soles- knowing I’d walk away: ‘if you are...

Hostile environment procedures, poem by Laila Sumpton

This is a response piece by a 'roaming' resident at Who Are We? project. Hostile environment procedures: Open your pencil case- we are scanning your crayons for prints and before you complete Algebra2 we...

Walking and eating, the arts of the local and global

Graham Harvey, The Open University On 25 May I met with Claudia Zeiske amidst the buzz of creativity and conversation at the Tate Exchange’s “Who are we?” project. Our conversation largely...

From Troy to Teesside: connecting divided communities

Graham Harvey, The Open University  Questions about the role of narratives, art and work in constructing communities structured my conversation with Isabel Lima at the Tate Exchange’s “Who are we?” project....

Making of A Stitch in Time, Dead as a Dodo

The survival of sayings seems to go beyond the extinction of elements mentioned in the sayings themselves. ‘Dead as a dodo’ is still commonly used to refer to lifeless beings,...

Edin Suljic’s poem The Box

This is a response piece by a 'roaming' resident Who Are We? project poet Edin Suljic, written on 23rd May: The Box Once I had some little things, those little parts of our lives,...

Thinking and Feeling Migration Differently

Dialogue between Bern O’Donoghue (BO'D) and Vicki Squire (VS) VS: Hi Bern. I’d like to start our dialogue with a personal question for you, so as to understand more about your installation, Dead...

A Flag for Everyone: Seaside Snaps

with Gil Doron by Tom Green, Counterpoints Arts The Counterpoints Arts’ team reflects on the politics of curation and the ebbs and flows of creative production with many of the...

Searching for Great Aunt Minna

A conversation about family history, displacement and belonging between Jillian Edelstein (JE) and Alena Pfoser (AP) AP: Your piece for Who Are We? is called ‘Searching for Great Aunt Minna’. How would...

On a Wing and a prayer: A Case study

A Conversation with Alia Syed (AS), Sara de Jong (SJ), Umut Erel (UE) & Olga Jurasz (OJ) OJ: Alia what inspired you to make On a Wing and a Prayer? AS: I had been asked...

The First Journey

Blog entry by Elena Marchevska   Who are we? opened its doors to the Tate Exchange public today. The project went through a month’s long journey of negotiations, agreements and disagreements, measuring, understanding...

Artists are For Life, Not Just Political Crises

by Lizzy Willmington, Counterpoints Arts Times of political upheaval are often thought to provoke new forms of artistic and creative resistance. Pundits occasionally suggest that one of the benefits of politically turbulent...

Who Are We? – 6 Days, 2 Nights and a Long Lead-in

by Counterpoints Arts (originally published at Run Riot) The Counterpoints Arts’ team reflects on the politics of curation and the ebbs and flows of creative production with many of the artists and cultural practitioners in...