Jamila Prowse is an artist, writer and researcher who works across moving image and textiles to consider methodologies for visualising mixed race identity and the lived experience of disability. She is drawn to stitch making and patchwork as a tactile form of processing complex family histories and mapping disability journeys, and moving image as a site of self-archiving and autoethnography. Her first artist film, An Echo For My Father (2021), was commissioned by Lighthouse and explored losing a parental figure and access to one side of your heritage, centred around her late father Russell Herman, a South African jazz musician who passed away when Jamila was three. The first in a series of three films, Jamila is now working on the second and third iterations supported by an Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice grant, which will expand out from the micro experience of absence to the macro cultural connections between South Africa and the UK, considering exile, the myth of the return and the longevity of cultural connections from the perspective of second and third generation immigrants.
Jamila is a member of the Brent Biennial Curatorial Committee 2021-2 and an Associate Lecturer in photography and moving image at London College of Communication, University of Arts London. She holds a permanent studio at Studio Voltaire and was previously a residency artist at Gasworks between January to April 2021. Previous exhibitions and screenings include Hordaland Kunstsenter (Bergen, Norway), Obsidian Coast (Bradford, UK) and South London Gallery (London, UK).
Between 2020-21 Jamila completed an MA in Art History at University of Sussex, for which she won an award for the highest departmental degree in 2021, hosted a series of podcasts for Lighthouse titled Collective Imaginings of conversations with art workers about their experiences of navigating the sector, was a recipient of a GRAIN writing bursary and Guest Editor of Photoworks Annual 26. As a writer, she is a columnist for Frieze (on accessibility) and British Journal of Photography (on Creating Change). Her reviews and essays have appeared in Frieze, Elephant, Dazed, GRAIN, Art Work Magazine and Photoworks.