Photo: with the permission of Francesca Ekwuyasi

Francesca Ekwuyasi @ Artexte

Francesca Ekwuyasi, Yaya, and the Ocean, A research residency presented as part of the exhibition SPECULATIONS

June 19, 2019 - 6 PM to 8 PM

Within the context of the exhibition SPECULATIONSwe are thrilled to welcome writer and filmmaker Francesca Ekwuyasi for a research residency in the collection. Ekwuyasi was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During this research period, Ekwuyasi will engage with the contents of the collection as well as the exhibition and drafting an excerpt for her upcoming story Yaya and the Ocean. This speculative fiction book, an afrofuturistic retelling of the Grimm Brother’s Rapunstiltskin, expands on the universe established by the author, Orun is Heaven, of which parts One and Two were published in GUTS Magazine.


The fruit of her research in our collection will be presented through a public reading.


Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer and filmmaker from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness and belonging. You may find her writing in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, the Malahat Review, Visual Art News and GUTS Magazine.  Her short documentary Black + Belonging recently played at the Halifax Black Film and is currently at work on a film project which navigates the intersections of queerness and faith.