Fungus Press Residency: ‘like all waiting seeds’, Derica Shields

April 23, 2021
 to August 25, 2021
At sites around Croydon; Wandle Park & Reeves Corner

Free & open to all

EXTENDED UNTIL 25 AUGUST

Listen to the audio description of this exhibition below

Wandle Park (south):
ecstasy, scene one

Wandle Park (north):
ecstasy, scene two

Reeves Corner:
a rhythm together

Park Hill Park:
like all waiting seeds

“This residency invited me to spend time in some of Croydon’s open, green, social spaces. When they aren’t being policed, public parks can provide space for emotional discharge. In the past, I’ve found small sheltered thickets where I’ve released a long-held scream, or planted my feet in the grass asking the earth to help me ‘ground’ a powerful emotional or electrical energy. Our constriction, constraint and grief are especially intense right now. Aside from working with herbs, my medicine for this state has been to trace and practice the ecstasy I see/feel in the images, acts of nurture and the projects that I’ve gathered and spent time writing through during this residency. Spring equinox and a book titled Lessons from the Damned gifted me the title for this amorphous collection of ecstatic stills and reflective text: like all waiting seeds.”
– Derica Shields

Download a map under the ‘Audio guides & other resources’, or use the Google map below.

a close up of a sign with a range of information displayed in a park

Audio guide:

Read by Holly Graham. https://www.mixcloud.com/TurfProjects/audio-description-for-black-ecstatic-for-fungus-press-residency-by-derica-shields/

Map (click to enlarge):

ABOUT DERICA SHIELDS

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. She recently completed A Heavy Nonpresence (Triple Canopy, 2021), a multi-format oral history project centring on Black people’s accounts of the UK welfare state, and her book Bad Practice is forthcoming from Book Works. dericashields.com

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Artist-Designed Patch: ‘Fungus Press’, Chris Alton x Rhea Storr

£4.00

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A pale yellow document with red text is folded in a concertina style, it stands on wooden decking.