Tanatsei Gambura x Fruitmarket Gallery x Wikimedia Commons

A presence in history: documenting contemporary artists of colour in Scotland, February 2021.

To be present in history, even as nothing more than a chuckle, was a universe away from being absent from it, from being written out of it altogether. A chuckle, after all, could become a foothold in the sheer wall of the future.

  • Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world, a source of free and accessible information, but people of colour are underrepresented in both its content and among its editors. Yet, they have always been present, existing beyond chuckles, footnotes, and afterthoughts. Working with artist Sara Thomas (Scotland Programme Coordinator for Wikimedia UK) and Fruitmarket gallery, I co-designed this editathon for with the following aims:

  • to address the passive and active erasure of the creative work of people of colour in Scotland by creating and improving Wikipedia pages on this creative and cultural output. 
  • to train and enthuse new editors, particularly people of colour, who might continue to edit Wikipedia after the event.

for more information on workshops I’ve designed, email me: hello@tanagambura.com.