Rianna Jade Parker
(born 1991, UK)

Rianna Jade Parker is a writer, curator and researcher whose work departs from her interest in internationalist Black cultural production. During her time at Amant, she will continue her field research into the significant cultural impact made by communities 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,”. Parker 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.

Parker was born in 1991 in South London, where she currently lives and works. Her writing has been published in ARTnews, Frieze, Artforum, BOMB, Art in America, and Aperture, including essays on Frank Bowling, Simone Leigh, Kara Walker and Steve McQueen. She has presented her work at the South London Gallery, Tate Modern and Somerset House in London, among others. She is a Contributing Editor for Frieze, a founding member of interdisciplinary collective Thick/er Black Lines and her first book A Brief History of Black British Art is forthcoming from Tate Publishing.