Natasha Ruwona began their project, What is held between two waters, with Alchemy Film & Arts in November 2020. The commission explores and meditates on the River Teviot, Atlantic salmon and Hawick-raised Tom Jenkins (1797 – 1859), Britain’s first Black schoolteacher, towards the development of a new moving-image work.
This commission is part The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil – a programme which explores the pasts, presents and futures of Hawick, researching and investigating the town and wider region’s cultural identities in relation to land, water, industry, territory, place and environment.
Natasha has contributed to Read More, Alchemy Film & Arts ongoing project designed to encourage additional engagement with its projects. Natasha’s reading list can be found here.
Natasha Ruwona is an Afrofuturist dreamer interested in thinking from an apocalyptic perspective that considers the uses of hauntology and counter-memories in understanding contemporary Black identities.
Natasha’s work explores Black Geographies through Scotland’s Black History using a Zimbabwean Diasporic lens.
Title image: Umbilic, WIP, Still of Film Essay, Natasha Ruwona, 2020