Zinzi Minott

Dancer, artist and activist

Zinzi Minott’s work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. Strongly identifying as a dancer, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance and the place of black female bodies within the form. Her work explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. Zinzi is interested in the space between dance and other art forms, and though her practice is driven through dance, the outcomes range from performance and live art to sound, film, dances and object-based work. In 2016/17 She was artist in residence at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain. During her time there She was commissioned by Tate to create “Nowse Bwoy and Aunty…The saving of a life” which premiered in February 2017 at Tate Britain as part of BP Families Festival with sound from cellist Pete Yelding. She has also been artist in residence at Rich Mix and Dance Research Space 2016/17 and currently resident artist at Somerset House and Once Dance UK Trailblazer. Most recently she has was awarded the Arts Council England’s Artist International Development Fund, Jerwood Micro Bursary and the Live Art UK/ Live Art Development Agency- Diverse Actions Leadership Bursary. She was Artist in Residence at the Serpentine Gallery 2018, and is currently one of two artist commissioned under CONTINUOUS - a four-year partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) and Siobhan Davies Dance to explore the relationship between contemporary dance and the visual arts. The work will premier autumn 2019 at BALTIC, touring 2020. Profile picture credit: Foteini