Languid Hands is a London-based artistic and curatorial collaboration between DJ, filmmaker and curator Rabz Lansiquot, and interdisciplinary writer and artist Imani Mason Jordan (fka Imani Robinson). Their practice explores collaboration, curation, black study and experimentation across exhibitions, moving image, text, performance, publications and public programming, alongside peer-led artists development and residencies.

They began collaborating in 2015, through the collective sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU). SYFU projects included public programming in a variety of institutions and community spaces in the UK and Europe, co-curating the BBZBLKBK Alternative Graduate Show 2018 at Copeland Gallery, London; and curating (BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY?, at Many Studios as part of Glasgow International Festival 2018. In 2019, they began working as Languid Hands by curating away, completely: denigrate, a group exhibition at narrative projects, London, also making their first collaborative film Towards A Black Testimony: Prayer/Protest/Peace which was commissioned by Jerwood Arts for the group exhibition Jerwood Collaborate! that year. The ongoing project Towards A Black Testimony has had iterations of exhibition and programming at Stroom Den Haag in 2019, Display Prague in 2021 and Slash Art San Francisco in 2022, with a publication upcoming. They also presented a related billboard artwork entitled Detritus! commissioned by Cypher Billboard, London, in 2021. Languid Hands curated the Frieze LIVE programme for the 2021 London fair and are currently curatorial fellows at London’s Cubitt Artists, delivering their programme, No Real Closure from 2020-22.

Image by Tarona, 2019, at Stroom Den Haag

Photo by Peter Watkins, 2021, of Towards A Black Testimony at Display, Prague)

Photo by Peter Watkins, 2021, of Towards A Black Testimony at Display, Prague