colin poole – whiteness and trauma

I am researching whiteness from the perspective of a person of colour and in particular how the traumatic circulates in moments of self-consciousness when the white person realises their own whiteness.

Currently, I am working on projects with white performers interested in exploring their white identity in the form of stage and film work. I’m interested in developing an understanding of whiteness through collaborative processes that value disharmony and noncollaboration, disparity and asymmetry. In December ‘Colin, Simon and I’ made a contribution to 52 portraits curated by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning. The juxtaposition in this composition can be considered as an outcome of thinking along these lines.

– Colin Poole

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