Tolu Agbelusi

Poet | Playwright | Producer | Educator

Live Literature

Tolu Agbelusi is a multi-medium storyteller. She has created and curated various projects that call for a collaboration between literary and visual artforms in a way that fosters authentic conversations between artforms and audiences.

In her Home Is… project which explored the concept of home in the context of constant displacement, Agbelusi commissioned, managed and programmed various artists as she curated an exhibition showcasing collaborations between poetry and dance, animation, illustration and documentary. She also wrote, performed in and produced Ilé La Wà, the theatre offering from the project.

Agbelusi has also collaborated with King’s College London on their ‘Season of Home’— consulting on the concept and staging of the exhibition, working with academics to create workshops for students and the public, curating a showcase, writing a poem and creating an art installation. She also facilitated workshops in collaboration with academics in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

In 2020 and 2021, she worked with Food Historian and Culinary Artist Ozoz Sokoh, writing, directing a series of films exploring West African culinary trails across the Atlantic and what stories our foods hold about migration, survival and resistance. The films premiered at the International Forecast Festival in Berlin and will be screened at the Museum of Food and Art (MOFAD) New York in October 2021.

Agbelusi has also worked with the Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) on their Breaking Bread/Kneading Knowledge project.

If you have an idea, research, exhibition or project that you would like to explore through live literature, performance and/or, a marriage of various artforms, use the contact form to discuss how Agbelusi may be able to assist.

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