BALANCE: Anna Berry in conversation with Inaya Folarin Iman 

Anna Berry, Inaya Folarin

Anna Berry discusses her sculptural installation A Fall from Grace which explores balance, power and precarity around ideas with Inaya Folarin Iman, journalist, presenter, social campaigner, Founder and Director of The Equiano Project, a forum to promote freedom of speech and open dialogue on the subjects of race, identity and culture.   

A Fall from Grace is a sculptural installation which uses geometric language and repetitive processes to explore contemporary identity politics, proposing that ideas that can be a force for good can also become tyrannical when balance is lost.  

About the speakers  

Anna Berry is a self-taught artist from Scotland, living in Milton Keynes. Her work is usually shown in non-gallery environments. She has a background in philosophy and commercial photography, both of which inform her practice. Berry is best known for her large, often kinetic, interactive installations in public space. These tend to involve a long and painstaking process of crafting from ephemeral materials for a non-archival outcome. She received an Unlimited Commission for her installation Breathing Room which premiered in 2021 at Milton Keynes International Festival and will continue to tour in 2022. She was DASH Curator-in-Residence at MAC Birmingham 2019/2020.

Inaya Folarin Iman is a journalist, presenter for GB News and a social campaigner. She is the creator and host of The Discussion, a weekly ideas, culture and politics TV show on GB News. She is the Founder and Director of The Equiano Project, a forum to promote freedom of speech and open dialogue on the subjects of race, identity and culture. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR). She is the Cultural Management and Youth Engagement Trustee for the National Portrait Gallery. Her writing has featured in various publications including The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Times, Standpoint, The Sun and Spiked. She is a regular commentator and guest on programmes such as the BBC’s The Big Questions, BBC Politics Live, ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Sky News. She has also helped found and deliver numerous freedom of speech initiatives including Index on Censorship’s Free Speech Is For Me, the Free Speech Union and the Free Speech Champions project.