Abondance Matanda

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About me

I'm an arts and culture writer and poet with particular interests in Black British culture, young people and contemporary art. I like to explore and experiment with ideas about language, class and identity. My influences range from the music of Ms Dynamite to the writings of Toni Cade Bambara to Congolese music videos from the 90s. Since 2015 I have self-published three handmade poetry books, for which I independently organised and curated launch events featuring exhibitions, readings and performances. I am currently working on another book, as well as hoping to curate more exhibitions and continue exploring the art world.

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Skills

  • Poetry
  • Interviewing
  • Curation
  • Artwork Commissioning
  • Self-publishing
  • Public Talking
  • Research
  • Writing

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  • Tanya Compas

    • Award winning youth work, Writer and Advocate
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  • Bernice Mulenga

    • Multi-disciplinary Artist
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  • Anthony Vander

    • Actor/Filmmaker and Founder of Distortion Entertainment
    • British Film Institute, Distortion Actors, Distortion Entertainment
  • Mark Miller

    • Circuit Programme National Lead
    • TATE

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  • Nike

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    • Fashion
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    Work history

    Currently

    Blog Writer

    Stuart Hall Library

    Sep 2016
    • Rivington Pl, London EC2A 3BA, UK
    • Freelance
    • I'll soon be contributing a blog post to the library's website about my research into the work and career of Lubaina Himid, a significant Black British contemporary artist.