Morisha Moodley
(b. Durban) is a London and Chicago based moving image artist, filmmaker and arts administrator.  They are currently pursuing an MFA in Art Theory and Practice  at Northwestern University.

Their moving image and film work has been screened and exhibited in festivals and programmes globally, including: Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Film Festival (2022), Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (2022), Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques (2021), Global Citizen (2020), Camden Art Centre (2020).

Morisha is a recipient of the Develop Your Creative Practice Grant awarded by Arts Council England. It will support two strands of work: a new body of moving image work that explores illness, the rituals of disability and crip time; the second is to set up a space for text-based practitioners to share in progress writing, research and performance.

Morisha continues a socially engaged practice, collaborating with artist Sara David as Otherly, a curatorial collective. Otherly was awarded the Art Director’s Project Prize, UAL (2019) for their first live event, Cooking With Aunties (Hoxton 365). For Otherly, Morisha has also recently received the AfA Micro-grant (2021) to carry out further projects.

They completed their BA in Fine Art (2020) at Central Saint Martins, graduating with First Class Honours.

Morisha is a previous participant of Barbican’s The Archive is Permanently Under Construction, Chisenhale’s Into The Wild, South London Gallery’s Film School, AfA’s Politics of Sharing, National Portrait Gallery’s Youth Forum.

Morisha’s moving image practice finds its starting point in the tension between the documentary format and its contamination by the subjective. They are moved by film as evidence; as translation of experience; as fallible and porous; as all that one has left when memory has failed you.

Morisha’s works traverse ideas of race, queerness, disability and spirituality. They acknowledge themselves as working within the “chaos narrative” (Frank, 1995), creating stories which do not like to tell themselves and providing answers which beget more questions.

Their research interests focus around film phenomenology, and in particular, they are fascinated by the filmic experience in relation to ill and traumatised bodies.

Recent curatorial projects include being Project Lead for The Show Windows’ Curatorial Network, a self-led group of young curators who produced a series of interviews of curators with alternative practices existing outside of or subverting the white cube.

& Beyond 
Alongside an active art and curatorial practice, Morisha works within the arts, cultural and heritage sector. They have a breadth of experience working in arts organisations, primarily within administration and youth engagement. They have a passion for outreach and engagement programmes and work to encourage diverse and accessible opportunities within the arts.