Ama Josephine Budge is a speculative writer, artist, curator and pleasure activist. Her work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities.
Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist, whose interdisciplinary practice navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and Blackness. Ama’s fiction, art writing and essays has been both commissioned and published internationally including by Anathema Spec from the Margins, The Architectural Review, Black Discourse, The Feminist Review, The Independent, Autograph ABP, Consented Magazine and more. She is working on her first speculative novella…
Ama is the 2020-21 recipient of both the Kieth Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism with Bard College (New York) and the Local, International and Planetary Fictions Fellowship with Curatorial Frame (Helsinki) and EVA International (Limerick). Her research for this latter fellowship: Pleasurable Ecologies – Formations of Care: Curation as Future-building is an in-depth exploration of decolonial and intersectional curatorial care practices. The research acknowledges the entire ecosystem of socio-historical politics involved in curating contemporary art and cultural production. Ama is also a member of Queer Ecologies collective – currently Artists in Residence at Tower Hamlet Cemetery Park; and initiator of the Apocalypse Reading Room project – new installation opening July – Sept 2021 at Artsadmin (Tonynbee Studios).
Ama’s installation works have been commissioned / exhibited by Jupiter Artland (Edinburgh), Casco Art Institute (Utrecht), Ankur Arts (Glasgow) and Other Futures Festival (Amsterdam). Ama is the co-founder of The Batty Mama queer black club & performance night, and initiator of Self Love and Ecstasy pleasure collective (aka SLAE). SLAE works to invoke power, pleasure, and healing with breath, touch and trust for self, community and planet. SLAE manifests predominantly with and for QTIABPOC (queer, trans, intersex, a-gender, Black, people of colour).
In summer 2020, The Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room goes digital and you can listen to readings online each week on a newly curated Apocalypse Reading Room webpage. Selected guests are invited to read a section of their apocalypse survival guide from their favourite reading rooms: nooks, living rooms, bedrooms, attics, garages, closets, stairwells and basements.
The Apocalypse Reading Room is an on-site library curated by Ama Josephine Budge: a world of talking stories in the face of environmental and social collapse, a gathering of all the books we might need to change the end of the world… The Apocalypse Reading Room transforms a public arts space into a post-apocalyptic library installation filled with books for all ages, exploring ways to build, transform, rethink, rewrite and reimagine our futures.
What Shall We Build Here is a festival of art, climate and community at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios in Aldgate East, across east London and in your local supermarket.
From mini-golf for dogs to outdoor drag performance, coffee mornings to a sober party for healing, Artsadmin invites you to events that imagine ways of living together that are just and sustainable for people and the planet.
Featuring artists Selina Thompson, Aisha Mirza & Aaks B, Kaajal Modi, Ama Josephine Budge, Oozing Gloop, Alicja Rogalska, the dream(ing) field lab, and Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari.
What Shall We Build Here is part of Season for Change, which is spotlighting artists’ climate leadership in the run up to COP26.
Within the Performative Book Fair (Hamburg), British artist Ama Josephine Budge opens a portal for time travelers with the APOCALYPSE READING NOOK HAMBURG, a traveling mini-variant of her installation “The Apocalypse Reading Room”: Upon entering the cabin, visitors* find themselves in an apocalyptic future – with the invitation to delve into texts that do not primarily look back to what was, but rather try their hand at dreaming as well as practical guidance to new worlds. Stay as long as you like, you have time.