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01/05/2022 - 04/06/2022

New Work - Mixed Medium


Rosa-Johan Uddoh - Una's Voice

Rosa-Johan Uddoh has been working in The Bower throughout March and April, treating her time there as a writing and sound residency inspired by the work of Una Marson, a British/Jamaican activist, radio producer, presenter, and poet; the first Black woman to work as a radio producer at the BBC in 1942. She is commemorated with a blue plaque on Brunswick Park road opposite The Bower.

Uddoh's script and sound piece draws on the legacy of Una Marson's 'Caribbean Voices', a BBC radio programme produced by Marson which broadcast Caribbean writing. Visitors are invited to listen to recordings taken in The Bower and Brunswick Park of contemporary Caribbean voices, following a call-out to local residents and voices further afield. The work re-visits and re-presents Una Marson's poetry, interwoven with Uddoh's own writing and draws upon Bajan poet Kamau Brathwaite's key text 'History of the Voice' (1984) which asserted that the Caribbean voice is not an English dialect but a distinct nation language.


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Camberwell Brunswick Park, SE5 7RH