A solo performance that integrates visual projections and poetic language to portray autobiographical stories of racism, poverty and sacrifice. While sitting in a white screened hospital ward and as slides of family photographs flash all around her, SuAndi travels from the multi-racial Liverpool of the 1920s to life in Britain in the mid-nineties.
Commissioned by the Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1995, The Story of M has received great critical acclaim in both the United States and Great Britain.
The Story of M is SuAndi's moving tribute to the life and death of her white mother who raised her mixed-race children in the face of frequent racism 1960s but never let them forget they were of African descent and to be proud of their heritages.
SuAndi was born in Hulme, Manchester, with absolutely no aspirations to be a writer - though at an early age she joined a dancing school and had dreams of a life not as the first Black ballet dancer, but as a contemporist. She literally walked into the arts as a model, the poet was quick to follow, and since 1985 she has expanded her portfolio of work into diverse locations, from galleries to public artwork. She is the freelance Cultural Director of National Black Arts Alliance, a recipient of a NESTA Dreamtime award. In 1999 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list for her contributions to the Black Arts Sector and in 2015 she received an honorary doctorate from Lancaster University
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