Aindrea Emelife (QuarARTine special episode)

New Talk Art! Russell & Robert meet Aindrea Emelife, art critic, independent curator, advisor and arts presenter.

We discuss her recent powerful mission statement written for The Independent newspaper investigating how the art world can step up for Black Lives Matter. Aindrea spoke to leading figures for their perspectives including Jasmine Wahi, the Holly Block Social Justice Curator at the Bronx Museum in New York, Eva Langret, artistic director of Frieze London, Osei Bonsu, curator of international art at Tate Modern and Courtney J Martin, director of Yale Centre for British Art in Connecticut.

We explore her admiration for Studio Museum associate curator Legacy Russell and director/chief curator Thelma Golden, Chisenhale's director Zoé Whitley, the challenges with online art fairs in lockdown, Arthur Jafa's film 'Love is The Message', her passion for emerging artists artist Jade Fadojutimi and Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, and Russ & Rob's recent discovery of Sola Olulode paintings part of a recent Stephen Lawrence Trust fundraiser.

We hear about Aindrea's first column for the Financial Times (published when she was aged 20 years old), studying History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, her commitment to philanthropic efforts including being a patron at Matt's Gallery and her joint founding the Plop Residency with artist Oli Epp, which gives three artists a month a residency space that includes tutorials from industry professionals, mentorship, studio space in Central London and exposure to the London art scene.

Thanks for listening!! Follow Aindrea on Instagram @AindreaLondon. Learn more at her website or visit the Plop Residency at Read Aindrea's article at The Independent (click here).

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