Rianna Jade Parker

Rianna Jade Parker is a writer, curator, and researcher whose work is informed by her intuitive interest in internationalist Black histories and artistic production. During her time at Amant, she will continue her field work into the significant socio-political impact made by key leaders in the Caribbean and its diaspora. Departing from the concept of “cultural hinterland,” a term used by Martinican literary critic Édouard Glissant to describe “an ancestral community of languages, religion, government, traditional values”. Rianna will trace a thematic connection between early immigrants from anglophone Caribbean countries and colonies in the 20th century and their constructive participation in Black political and cultural life in the U.S and the U.K.

Rianna was born in 1991 in South London, where she currently lives and works. Her writing has been published in ARTnews, frieze, Artforum, Artsy, BOMB, Art in America, Harper’s Bazaar and Aperture, including essays on Frank Bowling, Simone Leigh, Kara Walker, and Steve McQueen. She has produced texts for Stephen Friedman Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Thames and Hudson, Camden Art Centre, Documenta 15, Tate Liverpool and Phaidon Press. She has presented at the South London Gallery, Tate Modern, Royal College of Art, and Somerset House in London, among others. Her first book A Brief History of Black British Art was released by Tate Publishing in 2021. She is an advisory board member for Forensic Architecture and a contributing editor of frieze.

Image: The UNIA’s African Motor Corps Marching in Harlem in 1924 (reference image)