Derica Shields
writer & researcher

Review: Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus at Tate Modern, Frieze (2019)

Review: Libita Clayton’s “Quantum Ghost” at Gasworks, Frieze (2019)

Review: E. Jane’s “Lavendra” at American Medium, Flash Art (2017)
I visited E. Jane’s digital cathedral/shrine to 90s R&B artists. It was one of the last art-things I did before I left New York and I wrote this on the plane to London.

Interview: Barry Jenkins, Rookie (2016)
I bawled in the IFC toilets after a press screening of Moonlight and then asked Barry Jenkins some questions. At one point he said “gotcha” five times, which was wonderful.

Interview: Santigold, Rookie (2016)
Had a brain-popping conversation with Santi White about Jamaica, Brenda Fassie, and the practices that keep her connected to herself and creative enough to write her “twisted pop songs.”

Interview: Kelela, Rookie (2015)
Spoke with Kelela about Tamia’s tone, Adrian Piper’s calling cards, and Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah.

Interview: Larry Achiampong, Live Art Almanac Volume 4 (2013)
The UK Border agency runs amok, so I wrote about the figure of the golliwog, blackface & overdetermined bodies in British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong performance.

Interview: Roger Ross Williams, Okayafrica (2013)
“I’ve always identified with stories of alienation, and those are the stories I’m looking to tell”. An interview with the Oscar-winning filmmaker about his feature documentary God Loves Uganda.