Delfina Foundation

Theme: The Public Domain – Season 3

Residency & Public Programme

27 September – 23 December 2018

Delfina Foundation is pleased to annouce the third edition of its thematic programme, The Public Domain. One of the four themes that define Delfina Foundation’s integrated residency and public programme The Public Domain was first initiated in 2014 and explores notions of the public, citizenship and collective action, as well as the changing nature of public space, both in the physical and virtual sense.

Running through autumn 2018, this latest iteration of The Public Domain is subtitled Gender, Power and Place with ideas being explored through the season’s exhibition, events and residencies.


Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler: The Scar

Dates: 27 September – 01 December 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, 29 September, 14:00 – 18:00.

Delfina Foundation presents the London premiere of The Scar (2017), a five-screen fiction film installation by Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler. Comprised of three chapters, the film investigates structures of power – engaging with issues of patriarchy, inequality and corruption – and ultimately proposes a post-patriarchal future.

Mirza and Butler were residents at Delfina Foundation in 2015 as part of the second season of The Public Domain, during which time they began to develop The Scar.


Alongside the exhibition, Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler have devised an associated programme of workshops, reading groups and talks exploring gender, power and place.

Mojisola Adebayo's Afriqueer Theatre
15 November 2018, 18:30
Actor, playwright and director Mojisola Adebayo presents three script-in-hand extracts from her Afriqueer plays, accompanied by visuals.

Black Atlantis: Retrograde Futurism
17 November 2018, 16:00
Ayesha Hameed presents a live audio-visual essay telling the story of a 'ghost ship' – found with eleven bodies on board off the coast of Barbados in 2006, four months after setting sail from Cape Verde.

Up in Arms
26 November 2018, 19:00
Anna-Maria presents a performative presentation, followed by a shared conversation, involving a live re-embodiment of Dan Wynn's iconic 1971 photographic portrait of Dorothy Pitman-Hughes and Gloria Steinem.

The Politics of Listening
29 November 2018, 18:00
Workshop with researcher and writer Claudia Firth and artist Noor Afshan Mirza, exploring what feminism – and in particular, a focus on listening and care – might bring to spaces of and for politics.


During autumn, Delfina Foundation hosts international residents to exchange and foster new ideas on The Public Domain.

Alex Baczynski-Jenkins (Poland/UK)

Maja Bekan (Serbia/the Netherlands)
Laura Belém (Brazil)
Peter Brandt (Denmark)
Madhu Das (India)
Zuza Golińska (Poland)
Taro Izumi (Japan)
Urok Shirhan (Iraq/The Netherlands)