Tanatsei Gambura is a poet, new-genres artist, and cultural practitioner engaged in translocal research and fieldwork-based activities. She draws from lived experience, contemplating land, indigeneity, and the contemporary moment as they materialise on colonised sites. Through an autoethnographic approach, Tanatsei considers the dichotomy of forgetting and remembering as a productive space in which violence and trauma can be understood.

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In the studio, Tanatsei is intrigued by the collusion between different ideas, materials and forms. She works primarily across installation, moving image, sound, text, and social practice. In both artistic and curatorial capacities, her engagements foreground collaboration and exchange. In 2019, she was a recipient of the Diana Award for the work The 25 May Movement (2016-2020), a social practice collective exploring culture and community as a primary arena for decolonial interventions.

Tanatsei is the author of Things I Have Forgotten Before, the Poetry Book Society’s autumn choice of 2021. In 2020, she was announced as the runner-up to the inaugural Amsterdam Open Book Prize presented by Versal Journal (Amsterdam), and was longlisted by the Rebecca Swift Foundation for the Women Poets’ Prize. Tanatsei’s poems have appeared in Poetry London, Prufrock Magazine, and New Coin Poetry Journal, among others. She is an alumnus of the British Council residency, These Images are Stories and is an inaugural fellow of the Obsidian Foundation.

Adjacent to her studio and literary practices, Tanatsei is an experienced programmer and producer in film exhibition, gallery programs, and community arts. With a special mention on Resident Advisor’s critic’s roundtable, she is also a DJ and performer whose work has been broadcast on Worldwide FM, eh.FM, and 1021 Radio. She has facilitated workshops exploring the landscape of cultural production in the context of racialised, gendered, and geopolitical regimes of identity.

Most recently, she produced the 16th edition of Africa in Motion Film Festival and served on the Edinburgh International Film Festival Youth Board. In the past, Tanatsei has been a guest curator for Femspectives Glasgow Feminist Film Festival and was selected for Film Hub Scotland’s New Promoter Scheme, working to co-produce Take One Action Film Festival’s program.