Focusing on amplifying the stories of marginalised peoples with an emphasis on Black Women in the western diaspora through celebration and joy.
Anna Maria Nabirye (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer working across visual arts, performance, fiction, documentary, theatre, screen, social practice and fashion. Recent works include multimedia visual arts work Up In Arms - centred around conversations on the complexities of interracial friendship, co-created with Annie Saunders, this social practice work forms, an exhibition, 3 channel film and performance, commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion and produced by Artsadmin. The Funnest Room In The House Afterword - an audio work commissioned for Whitstable Biennale 2022, after her original installation was destroyed by fire, the work combined documentary and myth as it explored Black British Kitchens as portals to ancestral homelands. Her social practice works include an on-going collaboration with Metis Arts (The Barbican, Cambridge Junction, Wellcome Trust) exploring the intersection of climate disaster, life in London and anti-racism. Motherhoody (The Albany) and One Prick At A Time (King's College) with Jess Mabel Jones.
Acting credits include the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Almeida, The Gate, Film4, BBC1 and BBC2. Nabirye is also an educator and director and has worked and created programmes and workshops for Yale School of Drama, National Theatre Institute, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, LAMDA, Half Moon YPT and London Philharmonic Orchestra's Junior Artists.
Nabirye co-directed and performed in Ruptures with Noorafshan Mirza and Brad Butler (London Film Fest/Home/Delfina Foundation). Other collaborations with Mirza and Butler include Everything For Everyone And Nothing For Us (Mirror City-Hayward), Hold Your Ground (FVU) & Deep State (FVU).
Nabirye co-founded and runs Afri-Co-Lab, a creative community dreaming space in East Sussex. Commissions and collaborations include The Royal Court, V&A, SBC, Brighton Museum, Guest Projects, Eggtooth, Home Live Art and DLWP. She also runs sister company AfroRetro, an ethical upcycling label working with makers both local in South East England and Southern Uganda.
Without Joy there can be no revolution.