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In response to Degas' sketch of Olga Kaira Brown, De’Anne Crooks presents a live desktop performance engaging with themes of spectatorship, strength and Blackness.

Miss Lala at the Cirque Fernando (1879) is a drawing by Edgar Degas of Miss Lala, an acrobat of mixed European and African parentage. Exoticised at the time as an African princess, Miss LaLa’s true name was Olga Kaira Brown, born in Strettin, Germany (now Poland.)

In response to this preparatory sketch of Olga Kaira Brown, Birmingham-based artist De'Anne Crooks presents a live desktop performance engaging with themes of spectatorship, strength and Blackness. This online event will explore the history of Olga Kaira Brown and the artwork and will also feature a Q&A session with Crooks.

This session will be hosted via Zoom, allowing participant feedback and discussion.

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