Tega Okiti is a Creative Producer and Writer. Prior to working freelance Tega worked in house as part of the BFI’s Events and Production team working across the organisations cultural programme and corporate events for clients including Universal Music, Accenture and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 2016 Tega progressed to roles in Project Management and Curatorship for the BFI’s UK wide major season BLACK STAR and BFI Southbank season Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine. Within her career in Film, Tega has worked on projects with independent artists and platforms including: AFROPUNK, Sheffield Doc/Fest, The Nomad Cinema, British Council and the Free Film Festival Movement.
As a writer and curator, Tega explores representations of race, gender and philosophy and aesthetics in African and diasporic (sub)culture. Tega has completed commissions for Sight & Sound magazine, Indicator Blu-Ray and the recent creative writing and journalism series People’s Stories about artists and collectives on the African continent.
I Don't Protest, I Just Dance in My Shadow
‘I Don’t Protest, I Just Dance in My Shadow’ is an immersive installation and short film by artist, Jessica Ashman, about navigating the visual art and animation world as a woman of colour and as a black woman. Created with animation, drawings and fragments of interviews from a diverse group of women the multi-screen piece recreates the intimate confessional space where the interviews took place. These artists include Phoebe Boswell, Catherine Anyango, Jessica Knights, Ng'endo Mukii, Suraya Raja, Annlin Chao, Maybelle Peters and Airelle Ray. Presentation of the work also included animation workshops for young women and a panel discussions with the contributing artists.
Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine
Role: Curator & Writer
Unbound took its curatorial cue from the BFI’s rerelease of Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust focusing on the distinct poetic visual qualities and enduring cultural influence of work by and about Black women from the last 40 years to the present day. The season included work from Maya Angelou,Kathleen Collins, Camille Billops, Martina Attille, Ngozi Onwurah as well as contemporary filmmakers Dee Rees, Jenn Nkiru, Grace Ladoja and Zawe Ashton. The month-long season at BFI Southbank included readings and discussion events delivered in partnership with the Black Cultural Archive, Granta Publishing and gal-dem. Tega also wrote the contextualising feature article for the season in Sight & Sound magazine.
BFI BLACK STAR
Roles: Project Coordinator, Curator & Writer A celebration of the range versatility and power of black actors on film and television, taking place in cinemas UK wide on DVD, in print and online October – December 2016. Online video series #MYBLACKSTAR was commissioned and produced by Tega Okiti to platform young Black British directors and to incorporate significant British voices into the season. Directors: Dion Edwards, Jenn Nkiru and Adjani Salmon. Contributors included: Ashley Walters, Oswald Boateng, Nadine Davis and Kayode Ewumi.
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