Anisa Nuh-Ali is an artist, researcher and documenter based in Sheffield, UK. Nuh-Ali works in a wide variety of media, from installation, moving image, sound and creating sculptural readymades. She has a continuing exploration into found and inherited objects. Through these materials, Nuh-Ali investigates the expectations of Black performativity, specifically focusing on the commodified sporting and entertainment spectacle, as well as culture and rituals from her heritage. She looks at what makes certain objects “Black” and synonymous with “Blackness” – by exploring the connections and connotations these objects draw. Nuh-Ali puts Black narratives at the forefront of her practice and looks to oral histories and communities, whilst utilising archives as a tool for re-imagining.
She is interested in themes of Blackness, Black liberation and post-colonialism. Examining and commenting on athleticism, culture, identity, aesthetics and politics.
Recent projects include BCA research residency with Languid Hands.
In 2022, Nuh-Ali aims to continue working closely with her local community center and it’s archive to foster dialogue among locals and create a more socially engaged art practice and public work.
Images: Platform 21 at Bloc Projects, 2022. Photography by Jules Lister.