Fi Dem is both a durational work, a continued investigation into Blackness and Diaspora, and the title of the first video in a body of work that is made annually on the anniversary of the Empire Windrush docking in the UK on 22nd June 1948.
This video was released 22nd June 2018. It journeys through Minott's personal diasporic journey and takes this moment of Windrush Day to focus on those that move and have been moved. Those who stay and cannot leave and all of the slippage in between. Shifting between personal and community moments of loss and joy that sits at the border she hopes this work can add to a conversation about these experiences.

Zinzi Minott

Zinzi Minott is an artist and dancer whose work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. 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. She is also 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. She was commissioned by Tate to create 'Nowse Bwoy and Aunty…The saving of a life' which premiered at Tate Britain with sound by cellist Pete Yelding. Zinzi has also been artist in residence at Rich Mix and Dance Research Space, and is currently resident artist at Somerset House and Once Dance UK Trailblazer. She was awarded the Arts Council's Artist International Development Fund, Jerwood Micro Bursary and the Live Art UK/Live Art Development Agency's 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 premiere autumn 2019 at BALTIC and tour in 2020. Her new work What Kind of Slave Would I Be? will also tour this year.

Filmography

Fi Dem II (2019), Fi Dem (2018), Gun Fingers and Opaque Bullets (2017), One Lyrical Bitch (2016)