‘What is it we choose to remember about the past and what is it we will choose to forget?’ - Saidiya Hartman
Natasha's Happening is the first film from her in dreams i; series. The film responds to Black geographies and how Black people fit into spaces - physically or metaphorically. It is a mediation on history, identity and memory, and how these can often be blurred into one.
This film is part of our Happenings series - our response to the times we're in.
Every month we’ll present two companion pieces from artists, academics, cultural leaders, citizens or political representatives reflecting on an urgent societal issue, in their own way. They will aim to provoke and challenge as well as entertain, ultimately asking how we can create a more equitable society that gives a voice and a chance to everyone.
In October, to mark Black History Month, pieces by May Sumbwanyambe and Natasha Thembiso Ruwona explore the representation and misrepresentation of Black people. Alongside these pieces, we’ll be hosting a live response session where you can ask your questions directly to the creators involved.
We welcome you to respond either through commenting on the videos, using the #TravHappenings hashtag on social media, or by joining us for the live direct response session (more details here).
Happenings are presented in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
The Traverse is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.