Meet the correspondents

The River Ends as the Ocean” by Aunty Rhonda Dixon Grovenor, Clare Britton and Astrida Neimanis, Sydney 2021. Photo by Lucy Pararkhina.

In summer 2022, ATLAS Arts will be in correspondence with Camille Auer (Turku, Finland), Ashanti Harris (Glasgow, Scotland), Katharine Mcfarlane (Kilmaluag, Scotland) and Astrida Neimanis (unceded syilx territory, Kelowna, BC, Canada) via email.

Camille Auer

Camille Auer is a recovering artist and writer who has previously run herself down trying to stay on top of a busy career in arts. She has a history with words, sound, moving image, installation and performance. Currently she lives for slow morning coffees, poetry and thinking about birds. Meanwhile an artistic research project about situated knowledge with queer birds is brewing in her brain and body, supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Ashanti Harris

Ashanti Harris is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher based in Glasgow. Working with dance, performance, facilitation, film, installation and writing, Ashanti’s work disrupts historical narratives and reimagines them from a Caribbean diasporic perspective. As part of her creative practice, she is co-director of the dance company Project X – platforming dance of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Scotland; and works collaboratively as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) – facilitating experimental movement workshops and research groups. She is also lecturer in Contemporary Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and co-facilitates the British Art Network research group The Re-Action of Black Performance.

Katharine Macfarlane

Katharine Macfarlane is an award-winning Scottish poet and educator whose lyrical poetry is rooted in the history, landscape and folklore of Scotland. With a passion for creating connections, celebrating communities and championing underrepresented voices her work explores themes such as identity, tradition, environment, relationships, parenthood, violence and journeys. She was the Scottish Slam Poetry Champion 2020 and placed third in the World Cup of Poetry in 2020. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals with a full collection of poetry published in 2021 by Speculative Books.

Astrida Neimanis

Astrida Neimanis is a cultural theorist working at the intersection of feminism and environmental change. Her research focuses on bodies, water, and weather, and how they can help us reimagine justice, care, responsibility and relation in the time of climate catastrophe. Her most recent book, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology is a call for humans to examine our relationships to oceans, watersheds, and other aquatic life forms from the perspective of our own primarily watery bodies, and our ecological, poetic, and political connections to other bodies of water. Additional research interests include theories and practice of interdisciplinarity, feminist epistemologies, intersectionality, multispecies justice, and everyday militarisms.