Open Call: Love Letters

Artist Opportunity, Open Call, Opportunities

Friday 15th July 9:00am – Monday 1st August 2022 9:00am

Do you keep your correspondence? Is there a box in your attic full of handwritten notes, cards or letters documenting your parents’ or grandparents’ early romance?

Visual artist Ebun Sodipo is currently gathering resources and undertaking research to inform a new body of work, which will be exhibited at ‘a space’ arts’ venue God’s House Tower in October this year. She is interested in your love letters.

Ebun makes work for those who will come after: the black trans people of the future. Her interdisciplinary practice narrates her construction of a black trans-feminine self after slavery and colonialism. Through a process of fragmentation, collage, and fabulation, she devises softer, other-wise ways of imagining and speaking about the body, desire, archives, and the past.

“For this project, I am interested in the changing attitudes towards Africans and their descendants in Southampton between the 16th and 20th century. I plan to explore these attitudes through a fictional love story between a woman living in Southampton and her lover who is always at sea. To write this love story I have been exploring some of the lives of Southampton residents in this time period. This love story will be told across love letters, ‘found’ in the Southampton archives and presented as collage and audio text.”

All stories are important – if you have a love letter or story to share, we’d like to hear it!

To register interest please contact Ebun by Monday 1st August 9:00am at ebunasodipo@gmail.com.