08 Dec 2022

Newlyn Art Gallery


Apologies, due to illness we have had to cancel this event, but hope to reschedule it in the new year.

In this scratch performance, Maria Christoforidou and Libita Sibungu will explore cosmologies related to water bodies and the black diasporic experience. Through language, improvisation and sound production composed in collaboration with Stuart Blackmore. Processes of vocalising and healing will move through temporal channels oscillating between the material and spiritual realms.

This sonic meditation invites the audience in, to ground and tune in communion with each other and the sounds around us – bringing together a prolonged beginning located in a deep water movement.

The performance signifies the end of Libita’s time on the Jerwood Newlyn Residency, bringing together her notes and reflections gathered from wandering, reading, listening and speaking with black and brown folks in Cornwall and beyond.

Thu 8 Dec, Full Moon
Newlyn Art Gallery
Doors open: 18:30
Performance in the Upper Gallery: 19.00 – 19.45
After drinks in The Studio: 19.45 – 21.30

Free, but booking essential via Eventbrite

Maria Christoforidou

Maria Christoforidou is an Afro-Greek artist, writer and researcher. Her practice explores the political, physical and performative operations of words and images. She is motivated by a hope to create pauses that allow minor stories of sameness, voices, bodies and plant comrades to evade classification, come to rest, undoing unspeakable knots of otherness. She is an art history lecturer at Falmouth University and lives in Cornwall and Athens.


Libita Sibungu

Libita Sibungu currently lives and works in West Cornwall (UK), where she grew up – a daughter to Namibian and English parents. As an interdisciplinary artist Sibungu’s solo and collaborative projects collage together; text, performance, drawing, print, photography and sound, then becoming installations.

These poetic arrangements draw on Sibungu’s African-Celtic heritage and lived experiences, to host dialogues about intergenerational trauma inscribed in sites of extraction and abandonment. the land and body. impacted by colonial exposure. Presently, Sibungu grounds her work in communal listening practices guided by embodied knowledges and sonic cartographies.

Venue: Newlyn Art Gallery
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