Zinzi Minott

    22.06.2023 - 27.08.2023 

  • We are pleased to announce a new exhibition by British artist Zinzi Minott (b.1986), ‘Many Mikl Mek Ah Mukl’, which...

    Untitled, Zinzi Minott

    We are pleased to announce a new exhibition by British artist Zinzi Minott (b.1986), ‘Many Mikl Mek Ah Mukl’, which loosely translates from Patois to ‘Every little bit counts, persevere and eventually we will get where we want’ Minott will present the sixth iteration of her durational film series Fi-Dem (‘for them’ in Patois), released annually on the anniversary of the Empire Windrush docking in the UK, and first created in response to the Windrush Scandal of 2018. The launch of Fi-Dem VI will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the docking on 22 June 1948. The new film will be accompanied by a series of recent large-scale (2m wide) digital framed prints, some of which are stills taken directly from past iterations of Fi-Dem.


    Fi-Dem is a continued exploration into Blackness and diaspora. It reveals Windrush community histories and Minott’s personal diasporic experience via fragmented audio and visual cues, highlighting the stories of enslaved peoples, the Windrush generation and their connections. Each film begins with a sonic investigation by Minott, compiling a soundtrack of Lovers rock and bass-heavy Dub via a playlist. This is merged with speeches and collected archival audio visuals from sources, Windrush generation arrival footage, NHS Windrush nurses’ archives – notable as this year the NHS also celebrates its 75th anniversary – and footage from Notting Hill carnival and the 1985 riots across England, combined with Minott’s own personal archives including family videos. These visuals are woven into digital stock images of nature, including bodies of water, reflecting the movement of people on Empire Windrush and in reference to the transatlantic slave trade.

    Black on Black image credit Kofi Paintsil, 2022


    Zinzi Minott’s work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics, and how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. As an artist, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance, seeing her live performance, filmic explorations, prints and objects as different, but connected, manifestations of dance, body-based outcomes and modes of inquiry. She is a Laban alumnus, the first dancer to be Artist in residence at both Serpentine Gallery (London, UK, 2018) and Tate (London, UK, 2017). She is currently in residence at La Becque, Switzerland and was shortlisted for the 9th edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women (2023). She was recently nominated for the Live Art award – Shortlist LIVE! 2022 (Finland), received The Continuous commission for 2020-2022 (UK) and The Jerwood Live Work Award in 2020 (UK), and won The Adrian Howells Award for 2019/2020 (UK).