Southwark Untold 2.0: Beyond the Voyage Vo.2

We have been invited by the amazing PemPeople to curate an adaptation of our Beyond the Voyage event, which took place earlier this year at the ICA Gallery. The show will include work by artists of colour, each exploring the theme ‘movement’. We have featured some of the phenomenal artists taking part in this week’s Colour Monday. 


California native, Kaila began her dance journey in a ballet studio, eventually branching out to study Jazz, Hip-hop, and Contemporary dance genres as well. After completing her BFA in Dance performance, she began teaching and working professionally in LA. Kaila is currently completing her MFA in choreography at Trinity Laban and is a company member of Urban Interface Dance UK. Her choreography centres around the grey areas of the human experience, aiming to present complex societal issues, highlighting their inherent nuances.

How is being an artist of colour different in the US vs the UK?

I feel that with regards to race, there is more in common between the two countries than different. There is a huge need to recognize more artists of colour in both nations, and more and more organizations are stepping up to create platforms for marginalized people. It’s far from ideal, but the tremendous efforts being made to champion for equality in the arts gives me hope. The main difference between being an artist in London versus when I was working in LA is how the arts are funded. The UK, especially London has far more platforms, grants, and funding schemes available to support artists than in the US. 

Are you hopeful for the future of artists of colour? 

Oh hell yeah!

Is there still room for improvement? yes. Is there still a need to advocate for diversity in the arts? absolutely. But look at how far we have come! Look at how many more successful artists are women, POC, or LGBTQ+. It’s getting better, and I have every confidence the art world will continue to become a place for everyone because this generation of artists is unrelenting in demanding for equality and dissatisfied with anything less.

What do you think about the opportunity to exhibit work at the Tate? 

Oh, I couldn’t be more thrilled!! As an international emerging artist, it can be very difficult to find platforms to show work. I am always excited to showcase my work to a wider audience. It is really important to continue to advocate for artists of colour, and the Tate Modern really couldn’t be a better venue. 

What will you be displaying and why?

This solo is deeply personal to myself and the performer, Jessie. She has been wonderful and vulnerable throughout this process to create a solo that looks at the grey areas of human experience. This piece aims to add another voice to the conversation about sexual harassment, without shaming or villainizing anyone. Just a painfully honest exploration of one person’s experience. The intimate setting of the Tate Exchange space I believe will allow her pensive movements to be very impactful. “In Her Own Words” is an excerpt from a larger piece titled, “Corpus Speculation”. This solo explores a deeply personal experience the performer had in which she encountered sexual harassment. “In Her Own words” invites the audience to not only empathize but to contemplate larger questions concerning the female experience.

Choreography: Kaila Holford in collaboration with Jessie

Performer: Jessie Jing



Sahar is an installation artist and writer from West London and a Reading school of art alumni. Her work focuses on identity, displacement and belonging exploring their many dimensions and complexities. She is also interested in the notions of othering, colonialism, orientalism and capitalism. She has exhibited work at numerous galleries and events, including Stour Space and After Dark Club Reading. Her last project, “Consciousness”, portrays the ongoing layers of identities that dwell within us and how that represents beings of a certain disposition. She’s currently working as a creative producer in collaboration with Bernie Grants Art Centre where she’s organising creative events in Tottenham to uncover the hidden legends who have done so much for the area. 

Do you see the UK art scene becoming more inclusive for people of colour? And if so, how is this being done?

I think there is more recognition and inclusion for people of colour, however, it’s a slow process and art is still very much controlled by the white man.

What do you think about the opportunity to exhibit work at the Tate? 

Exhibiting at the Tate is something many of us artists aspire to be able to do as it is a huge platform to showcase our own insights into the world. Using art to uncover our thoughts as a way to manifest change and see the world through other people’s eyes.

What will you be displaying and why?

“People” is a film that represents the many people, cultures and identities in my life as well as the many people and personalities that dwell within me. This is represented in the literal layering of imagery through symbols that are important to me and thoughts that may resonate with others.



Vikesh Govind is a self-taught visual artist originally from the midlands with roots in India and Zimbabwe but now based in London. Picking up a camera only four years ago, he has quickly developed a natural grasp of film and photography, using his mix of cultural backgrounds to inform both his work and perspective.

What do you think about being an artist of colour in the UK? Are institutions like Tate accessible?

On both accounts, it’s hard for me to say. I didn’t study any of the arts. I don’t know what it’s like to go through institutions and see from the inside how artists develop. My perspective has all been from the outside looking in. At times it does feel like there are initiatives to help artists and artists of colour. It probably has to be both from the ground up and from the institutions. I think it’s the last few years where we have seen the most traction but whether that’s infiltrated through again, I’m not sure. Overall, I think there have been some changes for the positive but I don’t know for sure how well they will be received and grown for some time.

What do you think about the opportunity to exhibit work at the Tate? 

For me exhibiting in any space is amazing, but the Tate holds significance because of its history as well as being a space I would visit when I was young, before I knew I would even get into art.

What will you be displaying and why?

I’ll be displaying “Shoes”, my short film about the inner battles we all face on a day to day basis. It’s something that’s universal and hopefully relatable to everyone that watches it. My aim with my work is to start a conversation, whether that’s with other people or one with yourself.



The “Southwark Untold 2.0” exhibition is co-curated by Pempeople in association with True Colour Collective. Pempeople are a non-profit social enterprise based in Peckham. Working directly with the local communities, they strive to encourage people to empower themselves. 



Tate Exchange can be found on the fifth floor of the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern, London. Tate Exchange offers a space for exhibitions, talks and workshops to be held for free. Not only can visitors see what’s going on, but they are also invited to enter into the conversation and collaborate with it. 


Southwark Untold 2.0” opens on the 13th – 18th August. See the full schedule below. True Colour Collective will be there on Friday 16th August 7:30-9: 30 pm. 

Check out the Tate website for more details :

See you all there!