Imani Mason Jordan with Farida Amadou, Enjoy Jazz Festival (2023)

Imani Mason Jordan (b. 1992, London) is an interdisciplinary writer, artist, editor and curator interested in poetics and performance.

Recent projects include EARTHLY ACCOMPLICE, a collaborative performance with Felix Taylor (MACBA, 2023; Crossness Pumping Station, 2023), their solo performance TREAD/MILL: WIP (Somerset House Studios 2021, and Aspen Art Museum, 2022); ATLANTIC RAILTON: LIVE with Ain Bailey (Serpentine Pavilion, 2021) & WELCOME NOTE IN A WELCOME SPEECH with Libita Sibungu (Gasworks, 2019; Spike Island, 2020; Sensing the Planet / Serpentine, 2021).

Imani is the author of the pamphlet OBJECTS WHO TESTIFY (PSS, 2019) as well as numerous articles, reviews, essays, poems, plays and love letters, some of which they have published. For over 10 years, Imani has been a student and facilitator of political education delivering talks and workshops on abolition and carcerality, black liberation and community organising, and drug policy and harm reduction, and has served on the board of trustees for Release, the UK’s centre of expertise on drugs and drug policy since 2023.

They are currently touring as a performer in Eve Stainton’s IMPACT DRIVER, and directing Ebun Sodipo’s theatrical debut, VITORIA : BURACO, which will premiere at LIVE COLLISION (2024). Under the moniker “PAPERFLESH”, Imani and Samra Mayanja facilitate the  international and local gathering of rigorous black writers who want to read each other’s work and publish things (in English, French & Arabic).

Imani Mason Jordan, performance still, TREAD/MILL (2021), Somerset House Studios

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VITORIA : BURACO, by Ebun Sodipo. Director. LIVE COLLISION, Dublin, Ireland. (2023-);

IMPACT DRIVER by Eve Stainton, Performer (2023-);

1-1: Imani Mason Jordan on Ellen Gallagher, for Close Looking: Collection Studies from the Roberts Institute of Art, Cromwell Place (2023);

In Conversation with RIP Germain @ ICA London, London (2023);

Poetry reading at Page65, Liberia Books, London (2023);

EARTHLY ACCOMPLICE w. Felix Taylor @ MACBA, Barcelona, & Crossness Pumping Station, Bexley (2023);

Dyke Hands Reading Series (2023- ); 198 CAL (2023);

Poetry Workshop with Ebun Sodipo at IMMA, Dublin (2023);

Poetry Workshop with Farida Amadou & Moor Mother, Enjoy Jazz Festival, Frankfurt (2023);

Poetry reading with Sin Wai Kin and at Et Al Books, San Fransisco (2023);

Performer - constellation piece by Serafine1369, Fest on Fest, London, England. (2022);

NO FACE IS YOUR REAL FACE / Open Letter to Sin Wai Kin, Channel / Somerset House (2022);

Mouth Mantras after Rachel Jones’ ‘SMIIILLLLEEEE’, Björk’s ‘Vulnicura’, Harold Offeh’s ‘Smile’ & Saidiya Hartman’s ‘Venus in Two Acts’ presented at Thaddaeus Ropac (2022);

Sonia Boyce’s Performances Defy Easy Categorisation, Frieze (2022);

ATLANTIC RAILTON: LIVE with Ain Bailey, a live extension of Bailey’s new sound work, Atlantic Railton presented at Serpentine Pavilion (2021);

Abolition: In Defence of Translation, a four-week programme of events curated with Lola Olufemi at Somerset House Studios (2021);

DINNER TIME, commissioned by Orsod Malik for The Imagined Futures Series, Stuart Hall Foundation (2021);

THIS WORLD MAKES US SICK, a night of readings and reflections about illness, work, care, love and doing nothing with Raisa Kabir, D Mortimer and SWARM. Curated by bare minimum for ICA London (2021);

“FAULTY FALSE MATHEMATICS”: In Conversation with R.I.P Germain in How to Sleep Faster #11: REPRESENTATION, Arcadia Missa (2020);

Healing and/as/in/from/with/because neurodivergent practice, Disability Arts Online (2020);

“Towards an Abolitionist Drug Policy Reform”, Buxton, J., Margo, G. and Burger, L. (Ed.) The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women: Shifting the Needle, Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 259-269.

“Black Women For Each Other”: Rebecca Bellantoni and Imani Robinson in Conversation, Gelatina Festival (2020);

This is your turf even, TURF Projects, Artists Feedback Session (2020);

Review: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman in Wasafiri Issue 101 with Ebun Sodipo (2020);

“Dying Declarations” in Oreet Ashery’s HOW WE DIE IS HOW WE LIVE ONLY MORE SO, Mousse Publishing (2019);

Towards a Black Testimony: Prayer/Protest/Peace, a film by Languid Hands (2019);

Objects Who Testify, a pamphlet published by PSS featuring sketches by artist Dominique White (2019);

“GOLD/TWO HEADS” in Sin Wai Kin’s Dream Babes 2.0, PSS (2019);

WELCOME NOTE IN A WELCOME SPEECH, a collaborative performance with artist Libita Clayton (2019);

SOME OF US DID NOT DIE, a group exhibition and residency curated by Imani Robinson with artists Matice Moore, Tsai Tung Li and Laurèl Hadleigh at ONCA Gallery, Brighton (2018);

“MY BLACKNESS / YOUR SAFETY” in How to Sleep Faster #9: CONTEMPT, Arcadia Missa (2018);

Rearticulating Safety: Notes on Blackness and Regulation, a video installation (2018);

Ditto & Ditto Take a Trip to Port Authority, a moving image work made with artist Halima Haruna (2018);

The Black (D)rift, an ongoing series of workshops and performances exploring black geographies and the psychic afterlives of transatlantic slavery (2015-2018).

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