50 episodes

Award winning arts podcast.
Conversations on representation within the arts with radical thinkers, artists and change-makers.
Hosted by Lou Mensah.
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Shade Lou Mensah

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Award winning arts podcast.
Conversations on representation within the arts with radical thinkers, artists and change-makers.
Hosted by Lou Mensah.
Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/shadepodcast.

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    Ekow Eshun, Writer and Curator of In the Black Fantastic at Hayward Gallery, London.

    Ekow Eshun, Writer and Curator of In the Black Fantastic at Hayward Gallery, London.

    In this episode I am in conversation with Ekow Eshun. Ekow is a writer and the curator of In the Black Fantastic, currently on show at the Hayward Gallery, London.
    In the Black Fantastic is a new exhibition of 11 contemporary artists from the African diaspora, who draw on science fiction and myth to question our knowledge of the world. Although the exhibition encompasses themes within Afrofuturism, Ekow and I discuss why and how he is drawing from ideas distinct from this movement.
    We explore the works on display including the epic themes of exploration and renewal present throughout the show. Ekow also shares his process of personal development throughout the three year curation process, which started prior to the BLM uprisings of 2020.
    In the Black Fantastic is showing until September 18 2022 at Hayward Gallery, London.
    If you'd like to support this independent, award winning podcast through Patreon or shout me a coffee via Ko-fi I would be delighted! Thank you!
    Producer & Host Lou Mensah
    Music by Brian Jackson from the legendary duo Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson. Check out his new album 'This is Brian Jackson' here
    Additional sound and mixing by CA Davis. Check out his new film 'Inhuman Figures' at the Smithsonian here
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    • 22 min
    SHADE SHORTS with Co-Editors In Chief of Citizen Magazine, Henrietta Gallina & Danielle Powell-Cobb

    SHADE SHORTS with Co-Editors In Chief of Citizen Magazine, Henrietta Gallina & Danielle Powell-Cobb

    AWARD WINNER 'BEST ARTS & CULTURE' PODCAST - BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS 2021
    In this episode I’m in conversation with Co-Editors in chief of Citizen, Henrietta Gallina & Danielle Powell-Cobb.
    In 2017, the idea for Citizen magazine was born out of the desire to see something that did not quite exist, an independent magazine documenting Black life and culture through the words of Black thinkers and the lenses of Black creatives, a beautifully designed record of Black life. Henrietta & Danielle tell Lou about the journey of Citizen from conception through to
    their plans for the magazines future and why they chose Nikole Hannah-Jones to feature on their first cover.
    ‘Shade Shorts’ is a new short series of conversations with the founders of some our most radical, Black led art & culture journals.
    These conversations will keep us connected and inspired between the main seasons of the podcast. We will explore the power that we all have when we focus on considered communication and building community.
    If you'd like to support this independent, award winning podcast through Patreon or Ko-fi I would be delighted! Thank you!
    Shade Podcast is produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
    Music by Brian Jackson - an American keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, and producer known for his collaborations with Gil Scott-Heron in the 1970s
    Mixing CA Davis - film & podcast creator/editor
    Citizen Instagram
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    • 18 min
    SHADE SHORTS with Johny Pitts, author of Afropean

    SHADE SHORTS with Johny Pitts, author of Afropean

    AWARD WINNER 'BEST ARTS & CULTURE' PODCAST - BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS 2021
    Shade Podcast is back with ‘Shade Shorts’ the new series of conversations with the founders of some our most radical, Black led art & culture journals. 
    These episodes will keep us connected and inspired between the main seasons of the podcast. We will explore the power that we all have when we focus on considered communication and building community. 
    In this episode I’m in conversation with author of Afropean and Guest Editor of The Eyes Journal, Johny Pitts.
    ️The Eyes is an independent and bilingual journal (published in French and English) that explores cultural and societal issues through the prism of photographic creativity.
    For each issue The Eyes gives an artist "carte blanche" to curate a subjective and personal panorama on the special focus.
    Johny & I discuss his guest curation for Issue 12 titled B-side, a visual exploration of what it means to be Afropean.
    If you'd like to support this independent, award winning podcast through Patreon or Ko-fi I would be delighted! Thank you!
    Johny Pitts Instagram
    Afropean Instagram
    The Eyes Instagram
    Shade Podcast is produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
    Mixing CA Davis
    Music by Brian Jackson
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    • 26 min
    SHADE SHORTS - The Photographer's Green Book

    SHADE SHORTS - The Photographer's Green Book

    AWARD WINNER 'BEST ARTS & CULTURE' PODCAST - BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS 2021
    Shade Podcast is back with ‘Shade Shorts’ the new series of conversations with the founders of some our most radical, Black led art & culture journals. 
    These episodes will keep us connected and inspired between the main seasons of the podcast. We will explore the power that we all have when we focus on considered communication and building community. 
    In this episode I’m in conversation with Jay Simple, founder of The Photographers Green Book.
    ️The Photographers Green Book is a resource hub for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Advocacy within the lens based community. It’s truly an amazing print & online journal which offers both practical and inspirational resources. Inspired by The Negro Motorist Green Book, a list of safe places for Black people during their travels in segregated America, the PGB helps navigate the photographic community which has historically denied the voices of those other than predominantly white, cis, male artists. 
    If you'd like to support this independent, award winning podcast through Patreon or Ko-fi I would be delighted! Thank you!
    PGB Website
    PGB Instagram
    Jay's recommendations
    https://shashamovies.com/
    https://www.ablackcreativesguide.com/
    Jay Simple Website
    Jay Simple Instagram
    Shade Podcast is produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
    Mixing CA Davis
    Music by Brian Jackson
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    • 16 min
    Making Sense of Inclusive Education with Dr. Aminul Hoque, at the South London Gallery

    Making Sense of Inclusive Education with Dr. Aminul Hoque, at the South London Gallery

    SHADE 'BEST ARTS & CULTURE' PODCAST - BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS 2021
    Special edition from Shade at South London Gallery ‘Making Sense’ - a new digital resource that assembles people around ideas for structural change through creative practice.
    In this episode Lou Mensah speaks to Dr. Aminul Hoque about inclusive education and how our local community can support educators in achieving it.
    Dr. Aminul Hoque is a lecturer in the Educational Studies Department at Goldsmiths College London.
    Aminul's work focuses on issues of multicultural Britain, identity, social justice, youth policy, religion, race relations and Islamic feminism. With over 24 years of experience in the youth, community and voluntary sector, Aminul is a recognised expert in young people and cultural identity.
    Shade Podcast is produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
    Editing and sound design by CA Davis
    Music by Brian Jackson
    Episode supported by South London Gallery
    Dr. Aminul Hoque Twitter
    Author of British-Islamic Identity: Third generation Bangladeshis from East London
    Presenter: A Very British History: British Bangladeshis, BBC4, Feb 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RosoCezTQ_o
    Presenter: Searching for Secrets: London, Smithsonian Channel, June 2021
    
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    • 37 min
    Thomas J Price 'Unencumbered Voices in Curated Spaces' : Hauser & Wirth x Shade

    Thomas J Price 'Unencumbered Voices in Curated Spaces' : Hauser & Wirth x Shade

    SILVER AWARD WINNER 'BEST ARTS & CULTURE' PODCAST - BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS 2021
    Welcome to our third and final episode in this special series of conversations from Shade, supported by Hauser & Wirth, where we will be exploring ‘Unencumbered Voices in Curated Spaces: Inspired by the life & work of Sir Frank Bowling’. 
    Released throughout this summer, the series provides a collaborative platform for diverse perspectives investigating freedom of expression today and throughout art history. 
    Today my guest is Thomas J Price.
    Born in London in 1981, Thomas studied at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He works across disciplines, predominantly in sculpture, but also in film and photography. His large-scale sculptures depict imagined subjects, whose features are an amalgamation of sources, observed individuals and stereotypes represented in the media are mixed with references to ancient, classical and neoclassical sculptures. These works serve as psychological portraits of the viewer by revealing socially learned attitudes and understandings as they project identities on to the depicted characters.
    Shade Podcast is produced and hosted by Lou Mensah
    Editing and sound design by CA Davis
    Music by Brian Jackson
    Series supported by Hauser & Wirth
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Scamp Patel ,

LOVE

Such an important podcast, love the voices spotlighted and the conversations ~ Thank you

_cadavis ,

conversations well worth listening to

Shade is one of the few shows out there that is critically minded and focused on the structures within which we all live. Love the way Lou steps back to let her guests talk about their art, processes, and motivations behind their work. Listen, subscribe today!

Godspeedy ,

Beautiful!

It’s incredibly rare to find a podcast like yours that deals with the history and ongoing systemic oppression pertaining to POC. A podcast such as this is such a necessity for our white counterparts to listen, study, and understand EXACTLY what the marginalized is facing. Great show.

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