As a researcher with an archival practice, Rianna has been responsible for
assembling, cataloguing and managing valuable collections of historical
information for artists and institutions. Working with a wide variety of public
and private sector organisations to appraise and oversee collections of
artwork, ephemera and heritage items accessible to the public, she actively
supports the research, acquisition and presentation of modern and
contemporary Black art with a specialist knowledge of transnational
Back and Song was a meditative four-channel film and art installation by filmmakers
Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young, produced by Philadelphia
Contemporary and Thomas Jefferson University. This kaleidoscopic installation
reflected on the manner in which health and wellness are part and parcel of the
American black experience from cradle to grave. Back and Song considered the labor
and care provided by generations of black healers—doctors, nurses, midwives,
morticians, therapists, and health aides—and their histories of contributions to, and
resistance of the flawed and discriminatory structures of Western medicine.
The 20-minute documentary Black to Techno is a stunning snapshot of the Detroit
techno scene that reclaims the black origins of the genre's innovative spirit and soul.
Directed by British filmmaker Jenn Nkiru, the film was commissioned by Frieze and
Gucci as part of their Second Summer of Love series.
For the final episode of Black Star, which sees rising directors share their vision of the
future of the black experience on screen, British-Nigerian filmmaker Jenn Nkiru
pieces together dreamlike portraits with stunning archival footage that includes
Afrofuturism pioneer Sun Ra and revolutionary organization the Black Panther Party.
Boiler Room and Somerset House Studios artist Gaika collaborated on
‘System’, a sound system culture installation. Marking 70 years of Windrush,
the month-long installation explores sound systems and Notting Hill Carnival’s
heritage beyond the borders of West London at Somerset House. The audio
visual installation is made up of curated archive material from institutions,
such as Black Cultural Archives and the BFI.
© Rianna Jade Parker 2020