Naima Hassan is an anthropologist and artist who lives in the United Kingdom. Hassan utilises her training as an anthropologist to explore the itinerant contours of memory, repair and dislocation through socially engaged practise. She approaches art research collaboratively and works across various mediums. The Blue Skies conversation series acts as a departure point and mapping exercise for her upcoming project.
She is currently working with 100 Histories of 100 Worlds in 1 Object along with Yinka Shonibare Foundation, where she is cataloguing a library collection of African art and anthropology for their project space in Lagos, Nigeria. Her research interests include cultural memory, affect, and embodiment, with a focus on African material culture held in ethnographic museums. New areas of her research explore the tensions between colonialism and natural history, with attention to ethnobotany and decolonial ecology. She has given talks and supported conferences in various locations, including Iniva, Paris Peace Forum, Northampton University, British Institute in Eastern Africa and National Maritime Museum. She was Assistant Curator for Timespan Museum’s exhibition No Colour Bar: Highland Remix: Clearances to Colonialism and has studied at University of Oxford, and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her exhibition, Memory Materials took place 19 August – 24 September 2022 at Two Queens, Leicester.