(Re)framing the Archive by Panya Banjoko
The poems in (Re)framing the Archive derive from Panya's personal engagement with museums over two decades and as the founder of Nottingham Black Archive. They are an attempt to give space to those voices that are otherwise submerged and highlight the disparity in underrepresentation of Black people as curators of their own history. They can be seen as an intentional social and political act of activism providing a space for political thought, discussion, and action.
Panya Banjoko is a UK based writer, poet and a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University with a Vice Chancellor awarded scholarship writing a practice-led PhD rooted in Nottingham Black Archive. Her debut collection, Some Things, was published by Burning Eye Books (2018). Her work is published in numerous anthologies including award-winning Clever Girls, winner of the Working-Class Studies Association's ‘Jake Ryan and Charles Sackrey Award for a Book about the Working-Class Academic Experience’ (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), and her poem, ‘They and Them’, featured in Mic Drop, an exhibition by artist Keith Piper at the Beaconsfield Gallery in London, the London Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has been artist in residence at the International School in Stuttgart, Jaipur Literature Festival in India, and for the National Justice Museum in Nottingham. Panya is a multi-award-winning poet, co-ordinates a Black Writers Network and is patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.