Uma Breakdown & Alice Rekab

︎ @supsupsupwhat

We met in 2017 and have been in creative contact ever since, We share a lot of reference points in our research, in particular animistic and fictional narratives which speak to experiences of kinship and isolation, as well as solidarity through the sharing of traumatic experience and the craft of storytelling and world building,

The plan has been that 2020 (when Uma graduated) would be the year when we began developing ideas for a collaborative project. The arrival of Covid-19 has caused problems with this plan, both by making travel between Newcastle and Dublin impossible, and by the increased precarity and requirements of our respective employment, allowing no time or resources to be put towards anything not directly contributing to income.

Having the regular structure and financial support of this opportunity would give us time and space to build on our existing creative exchange and make something meaningful happen. At a time where it is hard to think about a future for art making it would give us the hope and encouragement we need to build something new between us and imagine something different, and beyond the current moment of crisis.
About the Artists

Uma Breakdown

My practice lives in the overlap between queer feminist philosophy and theories of literature, speculative horror, the non-human, and the collaborative exchange of role playing games. As a disabled artist I’m interested in how each of these areas offer their own respective languages and approaches to instability, brokenness, love, and affect.

My work asks how uncertainty and the encounter with difference can be made welcoming and empathetic. I explore this question through open and experimental practices of writing and image making that welcome the audience as collaborator. I produce texts, games, diagrams, videos, sculptures, radio plays, lectures and performances.

Alice Rekab
My practice is concerned with expressions and iterations of complex cultural and personal narratives.I take my own mixed-race identity as a starting point from which to explore the idea of the body, the family and the nation as reflections of one another. I develop these ideas through material investigations and renditions of family, its bodies, and the spaces they move through and inhabit. Through a practice of film, performance, image and sculpture I create new intersectional narratives and objects for exhibition.