Restraint Restrained
Kat Anderson

28 September – 26 October 2019
Thurs – Sat, 12-6 pm

12 October 2019 | 10.30am – 1pm (Tickets sold out)

Restraint Restrained, the first solo exhibition by Bristol artist Kat Anderson, was commissioned by Block 336 in partnership with Black Cultural Archives (BCA). The artist conducted a residency at BCA where she accessed specific materials, developing her ongoing research project: Episodes of Horror which explores the horror of trauma experienced by and projected upon Black bodies in literature and lens-based media. The works draw on the experiences and narratives of the many mentally ill Black people who have met their deaths in police custody or mental health facilities, through excessive restraint holds and other violent and negligent behaviours. Restraint Restrained references the central premise of Frantz Fanon’s essay ‘Concerning Violence’, in which he claims that in order for the decolonisation of indigenous land to happen, a total and violent purging of the colonisers by the indigenous people must occur. Anderson repurposes this idea to consider how the contemporary Black mind and body, as a ‘colonised space’, is processed through public health and police institutions; understanding such authorities as embodiments and enforcers of structural white supremacy.

Image: Still from John 2019, Two-Channel Video Installation, 29 mins 46 secs


The O Show

The O Show: You’re Only As Sick As Your Secrets

Starring: Hamja Ahsan, Anouchka Grose, Jess Love and Mr. Kim Noble

Online premiere of the full video episode!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Tune in for the online premiere of the full video episode of The O Show: You’re only as sick as your secrets! This episode was filmed on 10 December 2018 at Block 336 in front of a live studio audience. Catch the video while you can, as it will be available until 15th October 2019!


Recent: Another Funny Turn

Another Funny Turn

Sarah Cockings & Harriet Fleuriot

Thank you to the 1,000+ people that visited the first UK solo exhibition of work by artist-duo, Sarah Cockings & Harriet Fleuriot, Another Funny Turn commissioned by Block 336. The show has received a 5 star review from Time Out, was listed as one of FAD’s top 7 exhibitions to see in June and the pair were interviewed by Floorr magazine about their work. To see images of the work, please click here.


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