Family Artist-in-Residence: Zinzi Minott

Zinzi Minott will be working as our Family Artist-in-Residence during the Christodoulos Panayiotou exhibition, Act II: The Island. Minott’s work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. Strongly identifying as a dancer, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance and the place of black female bodies within the form. Her work explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. Zinzi is interested in the space between dance and other art forms, and though her practice is driven through dance, the outcomes range from performance and live art to sound, film, and object-based work.

She successfully premiered her new work What Kind of Slave Would I Be? to a full house at Rich Mix and is planning to tour the piece this autumn alongside an R&D period into a new work. In 2016/17 she was artist in residence at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain. During her time there she was commissioned by Tate to create “Nowse Bwoy and Aunty…The saving of a life” which premiered in February 2017 at Tate Britain as part of BP Families Festival with sound from cellist Pete Yelding. She has also been artist in residence at Rich Mix and Dance Research Space 2016/17 and currently resident artist at Somerset House and Once Dance UK Trailblazer. Most recently she has been awarded funds from the Arts Council England Artist International Development Fund, Jerwood Micro Bursary and the Live Art UK/ Live Art Development Agency-Diverse Actions Leadership Bursary. She was artist in residence at Serpentine and is one of two CONTINUOUS artist, commissioned to premier at Baltic, 2020.

During the residency, Minott will take up residence in the Drawing Studio and lead Family Sundays, our weekly drop-in programme of creative workshops for families, leading creative activities inspired by the exhibitions.

Image: Zinzi Minott at SHS. Photo credit: ©Anne Tetzlaff