The Forest Of Dean Sculpture Trust has been proud to collaborate with Khady Gueye and Zakiya McKenzie over the last three months on a new commission, Soil unsoiled.

 

 

Khady Gueye

‘Soil unsoiled’ is a poem that explores themes drawn from the lived experience of Khady, a local resident and native of the Forest of Dean, and the racial inequalities that she has faced and witnessed. As the founder of the Local Equality Commission in the Forest, Khady works with rural communities to combat racial and economic inequality through supporting local initiatives, inspiring youth and bringing people together in order to enact fundamental change.

 

 

 

Zakiya McKenzie – Image © Adrian Sherratt

Working together with Bristol-based academic, broadcaster, nature-writer and poet Zakiya McKenzie, the pair have created a powerful, poetic work which will also feature sculptural elements and a film directed by Gloucestershire-based Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell.

 

Listen out for Khady and Zakiya talking about Soil Unsoiled, alongside Khady’s experience setting up the Local Equality Commission, on the BBC Radio 4 podcast The Untold.