Deeper: Hakeem Adam & Maxwell Mutanda in conversation with Mariama Attah

In the first of our weekly Deeper artist focus talks, editor, writer and Curator at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery Mariama Attah joined artists Hakeem Adam and Maxwell Mutanda to discuss their new work One-Fifth of the Earth’s Surface. The project offers multiple readings of the unpredictable transatlantic waters as an evolving structure that initiates change on its surrounding lands, rerouting power and reshaping the lives of all who depend on it. Together they explore new ideas of archive, ownership, collaborative production, mapping and knowledge forms.

This talk is part of Deeper, a series of in-depth conversations with artists presenting work elsewhere within the festival, offering a weekly moment to delve beyond the surface of the AND Festival 2021 programme. Tune in every Thursday, 7pm at Each talk will be available to listen to throughout the festival, until Sunday 11 July. And tune in every Sunday for our conversation series, Resurface.

One-Fifth of the Earth’s Surface by Maxwell Mutanda and Hakeem Adam is commissioned and produced by Abandon Normal Devices and York Mediale. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and British Council.

One-Fifth of the Earth’s Surface contains digitised maps and sound recordings from the collections of the British Library.

One-Fifth of the Earth’s Surface was selected in a closed call from ColabNowNow 2017-2019 alumni.