Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: Resurrection Lands

Feb 15 – Mar 15

Digital Weekend

Mar 6
19:00–20:00: artist talk. Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley in conversation with Kamra Hakim (Activation Residency)

Mar 7
19:00–19:15: poetry reading by JJ McDonald
19:20–19:45: performance by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
19:50–20:05: performance by Mandhla Ndubiwa

This winter, Skånes konstförening presents an online exhibition by digital and performance artist Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (UK). Their work, Resurrection Lands, is an online video game and interactive artwork—but it is also a connector, a challenge, and an archive brimming with imaginative retellings.

We are honored to take this digital step forward in our curatorial practice with such a visionary mind as Danielle’s.

Beginning on February 15th, the exhibition will be up on our website. On Danielle’s exhibition page, visitors can click on the hyperlinked image and get ready to be transported to the Resurrection Lands.

Curated by C. Grace Chang


Having lost all our history, we needed a way to bring it back. So we resurrected our Black Trans Ancestors using the most advanced technology we had.

Those that were resurrected now live out their second life in a digital environment built to sustain them. However when this environment begins to be appropriated for trans tourism, a group of Black Trans people decide to form a team to prevent the exploitation of the archive.

Resurrection Lands is a new online game by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley about the effects of Trans Tourism and how to protect those who are most at risk of being erased by history.

Here, speculative fiction is used to re-imagine those from the past that we have lost. The act of crafting Pro Black and Trans environments can help us visualise futures that seek to appreciate Black-Trans existence. A world that is healthy for Black Trans people to live in.

Challenging the idea of what an archive can be and how they are accessed, Resurrections Lands offers an alternative look into what it means to archive someone that history once erased.


Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
(b. 1995, UK) is an artist working predominantly with digital media and performance. Their practice focuses on documenting the lives of Black Trans people, intertwining lived experiences 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 oftens functions as an archive where Black Trans people are stored for the future.

Danielle’s work has been shown in Focal Point, Science Gallery, MU, Barbican, Tate, Les Urbains, as well as being part of the BBZ Alternative Graduate Show at the Copeland Gallery.

An online component of their work can be found at daniellebrathwaiteshirley.com