Vitoria Lelis Aranha, Self-Portrait, 2010

Arts & Culture

Health & Healing: Spoken Portraits of Black Women

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | 18 March 2021
Online | £5

Join us for an evening exploring what health, healing and liberation practices look like for Black women and non-binary people in the context of late capitalism.

Writer, community organiser and bodyworker Omikemi will perform an excerpt from their collection of spoken word portraits, generated through playful and candid conversations with other Black women over the past year – considering themes of health, healing, vulnerability, pleasure, and internalized racism within the Black community. The sharing will be followed by an inquiry circle facilitated by writer and psychotherapist Foluke Taylor, who will invite participants to take part in a deeper listening and dialoguing exercise.

This event centres the lived experiences of Black women and non-binary people. We will invite you to connect, share experiences, witness, re-source as a collective, and reflect on our daily health, healing and liberation practices.


Omikemi is a writer and body worker living in London. They’ve been working in disability arts as a writer for organisations such as Vital Xposure and Disability Arts Online. Omikemi is also the organiser of Way Making, an online Black-centred creative and healing arts community.

Foluke Taylor is a psychotherapist, writer and teacher. She has been in practice for over 25 years, drawing on Black feminist, relational psychoanalytic, and narrative approaches, as well as on knowledge gathered in nonconventional study spaces. Her work engages therapeutics, poetics, and activism as dynamically interconnected experiments in being and living otherwise, that support wellbeing in racialized and marginalized people. Recent publications include a bio-mythography How the Hiding Seek (2018), and As Much Space as We Can Imagine: Black Presence in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2019).


1) Book a ticket here. If you would like to make an additional donation to support Autograph’s arts and learning programmes, you can do this when you purchase your ticket. If you have any accessibility needs you would like us to be aware of, you can tell us on the booking form.

2) We’ll send you an email confirmation of your booking.

3) This online event will use Zoom. For the best experience, we recommend using the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device. You can download the free software here. Or, you can access the event through your web browser without a download.

4) On the day of the event, we’ll send you a welcome email with a link to the event on Zoom. You will be able to join for the start of the event at 6pm (GMT).

5) We will encourage participants to have their cameras switched on, so we can have a sense of the community gathered at the event. The first half of this event, with Omikemi’s reading will be recorded.

If you have any questions, we’re here to help! Please get in touch.

Header Image: Vitoria Lelis Aranha, Self-Portrait, 2010

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