BART, a poem by Rhea Dillon

What is        but a perception of one’s mind

Who is        but the brave

Why even        but to take up time, document time, be aware – take time

How is        but to expand

When is        but conflicting minds


Rhea Dillon is an artist and writer working in a variety of media: from painting, video and poetry to sculpture, installation and olfaction. Exploring themes of class, race and gender, her work examines and abstracts the ‘rules of representation’ as a device to undermine contemporary Western culture. Continually seeking to question is an important part of Dillon’s practice, specifically what constitutes an ontology of Blackness versus the lived ontic, through her conceptually abstract works. She coined the phrase ‘humane afrofuturism’ as a practice of creating equality-led perspectives on how we visualise Black bodies. She has exhibited at Almine Rech, Peak Gallery, The British Film Institute, and Aperture NY to name a few. She is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, UAL.