Derica Shields is a writer, researcher and cultural worker from South London. Her writing has appeared in Frieze, Flash Art, Girls Like Us, Live Art Almanac, the New Inquiry and more. She is the co-founder of The Future Weird (2013–15), a screening and discussion series of world-unravelling films by African and African-descended artists and directors, which presented programmes in Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Detroit. As part of a Triple Canopy commission, she completed A Heavy Nonpresence (2021), an oral history project centering on Black people's accounts of the UK welfare state. Her book project Bad Practice is forthcoming from Book Works.