Ufuoma Essi: Is My Living in Vain

Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street
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Thursday 6th of October 2022 to Sunday 18th of December 2022

Event Times

Wednesday – Sunday : 12-6pm


Free admission


Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street

Nearest Stations

Oval 0.26 miles



A major new film commission by London-based filmmaker and artist Ufuoma Essi. Informed by Black feminist epistemology, her films and moving image works examine history as an embodied experience.

Is My Living in Vain is a meditation on the continuing history and emancipatory potential of the Black church as a space of diasporic belonging, affirmation and community organising. Weaving together archival imagery, oral histories and shot footage, Essi’s film follows a tangled thread of personal and collective memories in order to interrogate the church’s contribution to a Black radical tradition.

At Gasworks, Essi will celebrate the performativity within informal spaces of congregation, looking at the political, spiritual and existential connections between communities in Philadelphia and south-east London, two locations intimately bound to the artist’s personal biography. The film will be presented as part of an immersive installation exploring parallels between the church and the cinema as sites of shared communal experience.


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