Selina Thompson, salt. Courtesy Richard Davenport.
Artist and performer Selina Thompson presents a reading of her theatrical production salt.
, accompanied by performative live drawing by illustrator Cressida Djambov.
is a monologue created in response to a recent journey made by two artists aboard a cargo ship retracing a transatlantic slave triangle route – from the UK to Ghana, Jamaica and back.
‘... Where our real home might be is tricky to say. In a way that is the point. Some people say that is the body, but I think the body is more a channel that leads us home. Ultimate reality is our home. It is here and now, and it is not a special piece of what is happening. We imagine that we are on a journey, that life is a journey, but we are home from the beginning. This is not an easy thing to accept.’
Selina Thompson is an artist and performer based in Leeds. Her work focuses on identity politics and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments, and is often participatory. She has made work for pubs, cafes, hairdressers, toilets, galleries and theatres, including SPILL Festival of Performance, National Theatre Studio, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, East Street Arts and West Yorkshire Playhouse. She is currently developing a new project exploring black identity within the UK and further afield, and another looking at job centre culture and unemployment.
Cressida Djambov is a London-based illustrator and maker. Her work explores themes of family, LGBTQI issues and British sub-cultures.
The monologue salt. was commissioned by Yorkshire Festival, Theatre Bristol and MAYK. The work is supported by Arts Council England and 200 kind and generous individuals who donated towards a voyage across the Atlantic.