Jamila Prowse seeks to interrogate and dismantle the colonialist, racist and ableist structuring of the art sector through art making, writing, and collective organising. Her practice is engaged in collaborating with art workers, as an antithetical method to the alienation of being a BIPOC working within, alongside and adjacent to white institutional settings. Presently, Jamila is working on the first iteration of a series of three films, tracing the history of her ancestry through her relationship with her late father. Her ongoing research Can We Surv[thr]ive Here? considers the potentials and limitations of institutional work for Black, non-Black People of Colour, and disabled artists and art workers, and is informed by Jamila’s own experiences of being a mixed-race curator with lifelong mental illness.
Most recently Jamila curated and hosted Collective Imaginings, a podcast series for Lighthouse, commissioned through Re-imagine Europe. Across three episodes Jamila spoke to cultural workers about their experiences of navigating the sector, and their imaginings for the future of the arts (released fortnightly from 27th January 2021). Jamila is a studio residency artist at Gasworks from January to April 2021, and in 2020 was a recipient of a GRAIN writing bursary and Guest Editor of Photoworks Annual 26 . Jamila has curated exhibitions for Peckham 24 (London), 1-1 (Basel), Lighthouse (Brighton) and Brighton Photo Fringe, hosted public programmes for Fabrica Gallery (Brighton), Photofusion (London), Deptford X (London), University of Brighton and Brighton Photo Fringe and written for Frieze, Dazed, GRAIN Art Work Magazine and Photoworks. As a member of the working group Hypericum: A Code of Practice, initiated by Obsidian Coast, Jamila will contribute to a collectively produced, ever-evolving code of practice for feminist, antiracist, anticolonial and environmentally sustainable arts organising.