Portrait Natasha A. Kelly

Natasha A. Kelly

Filmmaker & artist

UK

Speaker

With a myriad of filmmakers from around the world, we will explore where power lies and how power can be shared when we start to understand our past and present. We will talk about decolonisation, restorative storytelling and the struggle to find your own place.

WORK

Natasha A. Kelly has a PhD in Communication Studies and Sociology. She is the author and editor of five books. Her first art installation “The Poison Cabinet” dealt with racism in/and language and was shown at the German Historical Museum Berlin in 2016/17. Based on this idea, she developed a “Cabinet of Curiosities” during a visiting fellowship at the University of Virginia in 2019, in which her students could banish objects of everyday racism.

With her award-winning and internationally acclaimed documentary “Millis Awakening”, she made her film debut at the 10th Berlin Biennale, winning the Black Laurel Film Award for Best Documentary Feature in San Francisco in 2018. Film installations and screenings followed throughout Europe, in India, Australia, Brazil and the USA. Based on her book “Sisters & Souls” (2015) the sequential theater performance “M(a)y Sister”, in commemoration of the Afro-German poetess May Ayim has been staged under her artistic direction at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin since 2016.

However, her directorial debut was with the theater performance of her dissertation “Afroculture. The Space between Yesterday and Tomorrow” (2016) in three countries and three languages in 2019/20. Her forthcoming book “The Comet” is a documentary of the Afrofuturism symposium of the same name which she curated at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin in 2018.

Direct order of “The Comet” via email: n.kelly@gmx.de
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