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A Discourse on Spaces: So where did the space go?

In the final of our Discourse on Spaces series, horticulturist and artist Edward Adonteng will host a roundhouse (whole room) conversation around our spaces.

How do we maintain space in an ever-changing world? Reflecting on the short story Where did the Space go, we will illuminate the realities around gentrification and the importance of space in the expression of humanity.

A Discourse on Spaces

Inspired by our Sowing Roots project which explored the gardening cultures brought to the UK by Londoners of Caribbean and African heritage, we have invited horticulturist, writer and artist Edward Adonteng to curate this series of talks, A Discourse on Spaces.

What is the importance of space to humanity? How do the spaces that we inhabit define us? What happens to these spaces when different worlds collide?

In London, intersections and cultural exchange place the city in an ever-evolving state of hybridity. No two streets are quite the same. This reflective series, influenced by the contributions of the Sowing Roots exhibition, will explore gentrification, immortality, conflict, heritage, sustainability and the movement amongst peoples through a plethora of stories, conversations and perspectives

  • Edward Adonteng

    Edward Adonteng

    Edward Adonteng is a horticulturist, writer, poet, artist and academic whose focus revolves around developing platforms for human beings to thrive and fully exercise their ingenuity.

    Within academia, his work focuses on cultivating revolutionary humanist, anti-colonialist thought/practice and the commitment towards building a praxis for decolonisation in the 21st century. His recent bachelor’s dissertation, “Bridging Anti-Colonial Thought: To what extent is Fanon’s anti-colonialist political thought a development of the theories of the Harlem Renaissance and Negritude Movement?” was published in December 2021.

    As a Co-Director for the Ital Community Garden in Bellingham, South London, he affirms the importance of young people entrenching themselves within the realms of horticulture, doing away with dogmas of gardening being for a certain demographic of people. To grow is to be human.