Restore Talks: Ekow Eshun and Thomas Aquilina
Tuesday Sep 6, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Design Museum, London

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Programmed to celebrate the Design Researchers in Residence: Restore exhibition, this event will see celebrated writer, broadcaster and curator Ekow Eshun in conversation with Design Museum resident Thomas Aquilina.

Building on from Ekow's mentorship of Thomas, this discussion will centre on themes of environmental justice, diverse identities and the urban landscape of London that have been percolating in both their work over recent years. In addition, the pair will discuss 'In the Black Fantastic', a new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery curated by Ekow.


Ekow Eshun

Ekow is a writer, curator, journalist and broadcaster. He is the Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group overseeing London’s most significant public art programme, Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, and former Director of the ICA. He is the author of Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in England and Africa, nominated for the Orwell prize, and the editor of Africa Modern: Creating the Contemporary Art of a Continent.

Thomas Aquilina

Thomas is an architect and academic dedicated to building communities of radical thought and progressive practice. He is a co-director of the New Architecture Writers programme and is a co-founder of publishing collective Afterparti. He holds the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation Fellowship at the London School of Architecture and is an associate lecturer at London Metropolitan University.