Race Cards is a constantly growing installation and archive, undertaken in aid of Selina’s research for ‘As Wide And As Deep As The Sea’. Each version never takes the same form twice. It’s been a card game, a durational performance, and an 18 hour one-to-one. It has been supported by BUZZCUT, Camden People’s Theatre, Forest Fringe and FIERCE Festival.
‘thoughtful, generous , brave & unspeakably brilliant’ – Maddy Costa
A room containing 1000 questions about race, written by Selina in three sittings across 24 hours one weekend in Edinburgh. You’re invited to answer one of them.
65. Are you black, or are you ‘new black’?
170. What is the long term psychological impact of white supremacy on people of colour?
220. My mum does not talk about race any more. It makes her uncomfortable, tired. Will this happen to me?
307. Why do people assume that racism will just passively die out if we wait long enough?
440. Are you angry?
541. What ever happened to Kony 2012?
660. Who is more problematic – famous racist Nigel Farage, or the liberal journalist politely asking him questions?
720. When does it all end?
“For Race Cards, Selina Thompson devotes 12 hours to writing questions around race on postcards and sticking them on the wall. As with many of the shows at the festival, it involves an exchange: you read the questions and are invited to supply your own answers. Number 136 is: “Did you watch and enjoy The Help?” Number 73 is “I know that you are black, but why is that my fault?” From the writing on the walls, you can see how a conversation has started.”
– Lyn Gardner, The Guardian [BUZZCUT]
‘The work isn’t about answering questions; it’s about igniting an internal discussion in each of us that allows for the possibility of self-awareness, analysis and reflection.’
– Harold Offeh, This is Tomorrow [FIERCE FESTIVAL]