Up In Arms uses ritual, photography and immersive theatre practice to create intimate conversation and radical social change.
Anna Maria Nabirye and Annie Saunders invite two participants – a Black woman* and a friend of her choice – to re-embody and re-create Dan Wynn’s iconic portrait of Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Gloria Steinem. The re-creation of this image acts as a ritual to open space for uncomfortable, challenging, transformative conversation, led by the artists.
The resulting audio and video recordings and portraits from the live event will form an interactive visual exhibition, a live documentary presentation, a performance lecture and a handbook on collaboration and intersectionality.
‘Honesty and humour pervade the process – a journey that the two artists are undertaking in catalysing conversations between friends. The chatter of every day experience is punctuated by sudden, profound utterances which strike a chord and are memorable… It feels healthy, of the moment and needed.’Artlyst
Up In Arms has been developed in the home countries of the two artists, the UK and USA, with residencies, performances and live events taking place at The Showroom Gallery, London, UK; MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, USA; The International Female Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany.
*Throughout Up in Arms, the term ‘women’ includes all women – whether trans, cis, non-binary or gender non-conforming.
|7 May 2023||Up in Arms: Live Performance||De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill|
|4 February – 21 May 2023||Up in Arms||De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill|
|11 May 2021||Intersectional Collaboration|
|26–27 March 2021||Guest Artist Support Sessions: Anna-Maria Nabirye|
|5–7 February 2021||Up in Arms||Hungry Eyes Festival|
|15 July 2020||Up in Arms Instagram takeover||Artsadmin's Instagram|
|1 July 2020||Up in Arms Instagram takeover||Artsadmin's Instagram|
|27 June 2020||Up in Arms at WOW Global 24||WOW Global 24|