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Contact and Live Art UK are delighted to announce the selection of Nima Séne for our 2018 Diverse Actions commission.

We selected Nima for her socially relevant, exciting and risk-taking practice. The selection panel, consisting of young people and Contact staff, felt Nima’s proposal was particularly resonant to young adults, and we’re pleased to be supporting Nima to make her first full-length professional live performance.

About Nima
Nima is a Glasgow-based performance maker, actor and songwriter. Nima’s work explores belonging in relation to cultural identity and blackness through text, movement, music and film. She studied at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Drama School, and this year has worked with Project X, Africa in Motion Film Festival, BuzzCut, Tangente Company Berlin, Steakhouse Live and Transmission Gallery.

About Diverse Actions
The Diverse Actions commission is a Live Art UK and Contact initiative which champions culturally diverse ambition, excellence and talent in Live Art and performance. Diverse Actions builds on Live Art’s vital role as a practice of artistic innovation and a space to express complex ideas of cultural identity.

Nima says:

‘To be selected for the Contact Diverse Actions commission means I have a supported opportunity to further develop work through my alter-ego/persona Beige B*tch, who represents a seemingly superficial idea of working with colourism to highlight the ‘luxury’ and the (sur)real complexity of being mixed, of being beige and identifying as black.

I seek to ask questions and find new perspectives within a spectrum of blackness in a world where we fight for representation whilst policing each other on our own, socio-political and media-induced constructions of cultural identity.

I am excited to conduct interviews and workshops with young people connected to Contact, and to expand ideas of belonging and layers of identity, and to conduct further research into European African diaspora and mainstream African American pop culture.’