Bodies of Knowledge
Three discrete commissions using performance and experimental documentary to explore the body as a site for the production and retention of knowledge. Read more
As part of Bodies of Knowledge, Raju Rage collaborated with members of Nottingham's trans community to workshop exploring what it means for participants to be transgender in their worlds. Using video and photography to co-produce a body of images, the workshop explored issues such as medicalization and transitioning. Participants were given disposable cameras to document their embodied existence, with prints featured in the Bodies of Knowledge exhibition at Attenborough Arts Centre in November 2019.
A conversation between Raju and Jennifer Cooke, Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough University, exploring the issues raised through the workshops and the methods used will be published in the Bodies of Knowledge book (edited by Laura Purseglove), forthcoming from the Live Art Development Agency and funded by Loughborough University's Enterprise fund.
Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist who is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. Based in London and working beyond, they primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of embodied knowledge; to bridge the gap between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. They work in performance, sculpture, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on techniques of resistance and utilising everyday objects and everyday life experiences in communicating narratives around gender, race and culture. They investigate history, memory and trauma, with an emphasis on colonial legacy, its continuation and impact on the body and contemporary diasporan identity. They are an organiser and member of Collective Creativity arts collective and a creative educator with an interest in radical pedagogy.
The workshop was supported by Notts Trans Hub, a community organisation and information service based in Nottingham. It functions as a hub for organisation and information about trans-friendly organisations and events, and campaigns locally for safer spaces for trans people.