Birmingham based artist, De’Anne Crooks (b.1990), prides herself on being an intersectional advocate for the visual arts. Much of De’Anne’s practice considers the collaborative and collective experiences of others. Engaging their practice as a form of activism rather than a teacher of art, De’Anne’s relationship with pedagogy and contemporary art has cultivated a sense of play with political, moral and emotional themes.
De’Anne’s artist- educator practice rests on the harmony between an energised pedagogy, a refinenment of technial skills and the accountability they have to their community. De’Anne is currently exploring the use of art as a tool to participate in conversations about race, bias and good practice; in both explicit art spaces and through the facilitation of training sessions and lectures.
During their fellowship with the Black Hole Club and within her recent commissions for the Film and Video Umbrella, Vivid Projects and ReFramed network, De’Anne has been testing the praxis of contemporary art adjacent to Blackness. Using video, performative and fine art, De’Anne continues to address cultural pedagogy with a focus on the oracy of marginalised persons.