Swan Song: sing her to me

13 Jul 2024 – 22 Sep 2024

Regular hours

12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00

Free admission

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Phoenix Art Space

Brighton, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Phoenix is on the main bus routes, 5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 46, 48, 49, 50, N25. For up-to-date information on bus routes and times visit www.buses.co.uk
  • Brighton station is just 10 minutes’ walk away. Turn left out of the main station. Continue downhill along Trafalgar Street, cross the main roads passing in front of St Peter’s Church, then turn left. Phoenix will be on the right, in front of the traffic lights.
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A solo exhibition from Remi Rana-Allen of textile sculptures, collage and film addresses the impact of colonialism, migration and patriarchy.


Remi Rana-Allen has been commissioned by Phoenix Art Space and Exeter Phoenix for her upcoming solo touring show Swan Song – sing her to me. Underpinned by extensive research the exhibition includes a new film using  original footage shot in Kenya and the UK interspersed with evocative family archive material, building a  rich tapestry of imagery, sound and text. 

The exhibition follows two years of intensive research and trips to Kenya to uncover the facts behind the story of her Great Aunt - the first Indian woman to be sentenced to be hanged in British colonial Kenya 1949.  It takes us on a journey through a series of immersive sculptural installations, Svain, Kaur-I-Noor and a new iteration of Killer Queen, which include materials related to the women’s ‘work’ her great aunt conducted whilst in prison. These are shown  alongside soundscapes based on original audio recordings of Gurdwara prayers and South Asian female performers, creating a powerfully evocative experience, charged with personal history. 

This exhibition Swan Song – sing her to me addresses issues of gender, race, female violence, colonialism, migration and patriarchy, and invites audiences to explore the narratives that both connect and uncouple communities.

Open in the Main Gallery from 13 July – 22 September.
Join us for the opening on Friday 12 July, 6pm – 8pm. 

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Remi Rana-Allen

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