From Monday 11 July to Monday 22 August 2022, Spike Island presents GETTING HOME SAFE (2022), a newly commissioned interactive artwork by artist Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley.
GETTING HOME SAFE is a pro-Black, pro-Trans game in which viewers explore what it means to GET HOME SAFE when your safety is not guaranteed. Unfolding real-time within the digital space, players’ choices influence the narrative of the game and ultimately determine if they get home safe or if they stop someone else from getting home.
As part of Brathwaite-Shirley’s ongoing work to archive a Black Trans experience, GETTING HOME SAFE centres ideas of responsibility and care. It challenges the player to understand how their actions and choices impact on other people’s lives. Are your actions contributing to a world that makes it easier for others to breath or are you the reason why others are slowly being erased?
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (born 1995, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) is an artist working in animation, sound, performance, and video games to communicate the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Their practice focuses on recording the lives of Black Trans people and intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell Trans stories. Spurred on by a desire to record the “History of Trans people both living and past,” their work can often be seen as a Trans archive where Black Trans people are stored for the future. Throughout history, Black queer and Trans people have been erased from the archives. Because of this it is necessary not only to archive their existence, but to record the many creative narratives they have used and continue to use to share their experiences. In 2022, Brathwaite-Shirley produced a solo performance work at the Serpentine, London. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Skanes Konstforening, Sweeden (2022); Arebyte Gallery, London (2021); Quad, Derby (2021); Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea and Science Gallery, London (both 2020). Their work has been included in group exhibitions at Julia Stoscheck Collection (2022); Anka Kultys Gallery, London (2022); Transmediale, Berlin (2021); Alright Knox, New York (2021); MU, Eindhoven (2020); Les Urbaines, Lausanne (2019); Copeland Gallery, London (2019) and Barbican, London (2018).
"I created the Black trans archive to enshrine the Black trans people that are around me, but also to remember our Black trans ancestors who we have forgotten, and whose lives we have no knowledge of" – Danielle Brathwaite-ShirleyVisit the Black Trans Archive
Developed in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and CIRCUIT Artist Moving Image Aotearoa New Zealand, and is part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance programme, supported by Arts Council England.