Relation, displacement, multiplicity, identity, interdependency, and language emerge from melissandre’s work. Making from an Afro and Caribbean diasporic context, melissandre adds layers of complexity using a situated Black feminism. Through poetic performance arts, moving image assemblages, and site-specific installations - among other things - melissandre interrogates how the encounter between bodies that have been marginalised, everyday materials, and institutional spaces transgresses normativity.
Commissioned nationally and internationally, melissandre co-parent 2 year old Eole. They currently work on B.O.O.K a healing (art,library, rest) station supported by Coventry Biennial, co-organises transnational afro-feminist performances, curates Open Call part of Studies in Theatre and Performance, and is an artist-resident and advisory board member at Coventry Artspace.
Check out melissandre's "Funeral of Normativity", created during the lockdown and engaging with the urban landscape of Coventry.