Confronting Complicity Workshop: Dele Adeyemo and SYFU
GSA Students' Association + GSA Public Lecture Series

Event Type:

The GSA Public Lecture


The Assembly Hall, GSA Students' Association 20 Scott Street Glasgow G3 6PE


23 Mar 2018

Fri 17:00 - 19:00



Indigo stained hands.
Screenshot from Daughters of the Dust of the Dust, Directed by Julie Dash, 1991

Confronting Complicity Workshop: Dele Adeyemo and SYFU

Event info

Confronting Complicity Workshop:
Dele Adeyemo and SYFU

The Assembly Hall, GSA Students' Association
Friday, 23rd March 2018

Free, click here to book.

This event is part of the Race, Rights and Sovereignty lecture series.

A workshop led by the collective Sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU) in collaboration with Dele Adeyemo as an extension of the themes raised in the presentation Invisible Hand of Racism (click here to book).



Confronting Complicity will discuss the problematics of liberal thought and the ways in which it contributes to anti blackness, creating barriers to forming solidarity around transformational change.

The workshop will be a safe space for deep reflection to explore the ways in which unthought systemic and structural factors impact our individual experiences and actions.

The workshop will begin with physical exercises to explore how movement and body language can help rupture our implicit responses in order to open up the possibility of new relations.

This will be explored further through a collective deep study and discussion of some key texts and provocations.



The workshop will attempt to show that transformative change starts from within.

Participants will be invited to make private personal commitments or collective statements in which we identify the work we need to do individually and collectively in order to achieve the social relations we need in order to thrive, instead of the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

The discussion will conclude with imagining what new human relations could be produced through the process of unlearning.



Dele Adeyemo is an architect, researcher and urbanist conducting a PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. His creative practice mobilises the beauty of Blackness and being as a method of decolonising approaches to architecture and placemaking for the enrichment all lives in our cities. Previously Dele co-founded Glasgow based studio, Pidgin Perfect where he directed culturally diverse creative projects between the UK, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Nigeria as well his practice's presentation at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and more recently the landmark project Another England, commissioned by Historic England to map 100 years of our Black & Asian heritage.

sorryyoufeeluncomfortable is a London-based collective of thinkers and makers, using art practice to interrogate dominant discourses and structures.

The Race, Rights and Sovereignty series, established as a parternship between GSA Students' Association and the GSA Public Lecture Series, seeks to celebrate, challenge, inform and inspire the next generation of artists, designers and architects about race and empower them to have a creative voice.