Jamila Prowse

Visual Artist

The Quiet Revolution of the Self Isolated

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The Quiet Revolution of the Self Isolated

An essay for the first issue of Art Work Magazine, July 2020 exploring the ways COVID-19 have restructured access to the visual arts for disabled and chronically ill people. Thinking through both reasonable adjustments and culture being made available in our homes, and the move to flexible, home working with a prioritisation of individual needs as opposed to capitalist productivity and the commodification of the artist and art worker.

The essay is informed by Jamila's ongoing research, learning and un-learning around structures of care and support in the arts. It is built upon the foundation of her own experiences of ongoing mental illness she has had for most of her life, which were exacerbated last year as a result of unsustainable working structures in the arts, forcing her to completely restructure her approach to working and surviving in this industry. The context of COVID-19 has opened up the potential to really scrutinise the structures we work within and consider alternative potentialities which do not lock out individuals or communities.





Creating Change: Leah Clements on working towards a disability inclusive art world, British Journal of Photography, July 2021 (online)

Interview with Harun Morrison and Leah Clements, Frieze, July 2021 (online)

Creating Change: Silvia Rosi on art as a form of self-reflection and recuperation, British Journal of Photography, July 2021 (online)

Contextual essay for Deptford X festival, July 2021 (online)

In a World That Makes Us Sick, Bare Minimum Collective Have the Antidote, Frieze, July 2021 (online)

Creating Change: Industria on Advocating for Fair Pay, British Journal of Photography, July 2021 (online)

Turning the Camera on Myself: The Limitless Potentials of the Self-portrait in the work of Ronan Mckenzie, Photomonitor, June 2021 (online)

The future of art spaces: How accessible is the virtual space?, British Journal of Photography, June 2021 (online + print)

This Artwork Changed My Life, Elephant, June 2021 (online)

In the meantime... exhibition response, Royal College of Art and Camden Art Centre, May 2021, (online)

Lindsey Mendick at Cooke Latham gallery review, Frieze, May 2021 (online + print)

How to Start a Gallery in a Pandemic, Frieze, February 2021 (online)

Olu Ogunnaike at Cell Project Space review, Frieze, December 2020 (online)

On the Blue in WATA, HOME, exhibition text, December 2020 (online)

Dozie Kanu at Project Native Informant review, Frieze, November 2020 (online)

Moving Towards Rupture, Resistance and Refusal in Black Moving Image Works, GRAIN, October 2020 (online)

Towner Cinema Newsletter (Guest Editor), August 2020 (online)

Practicing Care for Ourselves and One Another Handout, produced for Deptford X Support Network, August 2020 (online)

'Situating Myself in the Photoworks Archive', Photoworks Annual, July 2020 (print)

'The Quiet Revolution of the Self Isolated', Art Work Magazine, July 2020 (online)

'Does Anyone Really Care? Learning How to Sustain a Practice in the Arts and Survive', Who's Doing the Washing Up, Re-imagine Europe, February 2020 (online)

'The BBZ art show looks at what it means to take up space and survive', Dazed Digital, August 2019 (online)

'Freedom of Movement: Dancing Towards a New Conception of Europe', Photoworks Annual, March 2019 (print)

'Tools for Resistance', Cause and Effect, 2017 (print)