Index as Time Capsule

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Photographic head and shoulders portrait of artist Joy Gregory standing in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection.
Joy Gregory in the Reading Room, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

Join this discussion led by the founders of the Women of Colour Index Reading Group, who will talk about this unique archive that charts the emergence of women of colour artists during the 1980s and 1990s. For some of these people, the Index is the only written record of their work. This session will be focused on British artist Joy Gregory, who will join us to discuss her current work and how the Index acts like a ‘time capsule’.

This event is part of Daylighting, a four-day programme of events to challenge archives, change narratives and amplify new voices.

About your contributors

Photograph of Samia Malik
Samia Malik

Samia Malik is an artist and designer. In 2002, she launched her clothing label Samia Malik ihtgw, currently sold in London, Japan, Ukraine and online.

Photograph of Michelle Williams Gamaker
Michelle Williams Gamaker

Michelle Williams Gamaker is an artist working with moving image and performance. She is completing a film trilogy, ‘Dissolution’, which develops her focus on ‘fictional activism’.

Photograph of Joy Gregory
Joy Gregory

Joy Gregory is an artist whose work ranges from video installations to Victorian printing techniques. Her work explores concerns related to race, gender and cultural differences in contemporary society.

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Women of Colour Index Reading Group

Artists Samia Malik, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Rehana Zaman facilitate the Women of Colour Index (WOCI) Reading Group. WOCI is a unique archive collated by artist Rita Keegan charting the emergence of women of colour artists during the ‘critical decades’ (1980s and 1990s). This index is invaluable in documenting the work of Black and Asian artists, for some of whom the Index is the only written record of their work.


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Need to know


We’ll be in the Reading Room on level 2. You can walk up the spiral staircase to the Reading Room door, or take the lift up and then head left from the Library Desk.

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