In April 2021, Vania Belén Suárez and Amy Sharrocks met on a street corner in Leeds for a conversation about water as part of The Ballad of Crown Point Bridge. By the banks of the River Aire, at the very point that it connects with the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the Aire & Calder Navigation which bisect England, they began a conversation about water as a natural element which led them into the connections of water with migration, mobility among nation-states, border control and race.
Please join us to continue the conversation on water and discomfort, on care strategies and the gift economy, on sonic art as witness & testimony and on race, migration and social struggle – part of this webinar series at Water@Leeds (https://cgd.leeds.ac.uk/events/).
Vania Belén Suárez (she/her) is a Race and Resistance Master’s student at the University of Leeds and multidisciplinary artist. Her academic interests include research about race struggle, Latin American feminism, decolonial movements, revolutions and abolition. When not focusing on her academia, she works on paintings, photography, performance, writing and efforts to decolonise music.
Amy Sharrocks firstname.lastname@example.org (she/her) is an artist. Her work spans a decade of investigating people and water, noticing the ways this extraordinary substance seeps through our days, trying to think with water and work collectively to question our systems and re-imagine the offer of cities. Museum of Water began in 2013, has travelled to over 50 sites worldwide and been visited by over 65,000 people.
The Ballad of Crown Point Bridge is a sonic artwork created with the people and water of Leeds, which opens at Compass Festival 7th – 27th of June.