December 2017 Incubator Series: Kim Simpson – Exottish


Monday 11th December 7 PM – 9 PM at the CCA

In her ongoing personal project ‘Exottish’, Simpson explores the impact of visual norms in Scottish society. The catalyst to this project is racism that Simpson’s daughter has experienced in school and the authorities’ following inability to ensure it does not happen again. To firmly establish an anti racist practice, it is important to acknowledge that the foundations to this shocking inability are deeply embedded in white European culture. In Scotland’s case, it is underpinned by issues such as as colonial complicity, a deeply rooted idea of Scottish identity as unquestionably white, and the silencing of POCs contribution to modernizing Scottish society, to name a few factors. To enable a discussion that can address these and other complexities, we decided to invite a panel to respond to Simpson’s work. The panel consists of clinician, lecturer, and researcher Dr Ima Jackson, community officer Zandra Yeaman, and artist/facilitator Iseult Timmermans.

Timmermans will discuss a collaboration developed by Street Level Photoworks with the African & Caribbean Women’s Association (ACWA) that highlights the significant contributions of African & Caribbean women to Scottish society. Following the artists’ presentations, Dr Jackson, who has multiple interests and an involvement in the ACWA archive, and Yeaman, who will talk about her organisation’s work with Black History Month, will make reflections on what has been said and seen and after this we open up to the floor for conversations.

We are delighted to be able to present such knowledgeable and experienced collaborators to help us deliver this important event and thank them all for taking part.


Dr Ima Jackson has spent most of her career working with marginalised groups: initially pregnant women in the poorest parts of London and Glasgow, and in more recent years with refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland. She is a community engaged researcher and works with migrant and established communities of people of colour, supporting them to evidence their experiences towards the Academy and towards policy.​

Kim Simpson has special interest in challenging Scottish identity as a white visual norm. She graduated from City of Glasgow College in 2015 with BA (Hons) in photography. Her dissertation was titled ‘The Visual Norm: Inequality in Western Photography’.

Iseult Timmermans has a particular interest in cultural identity in relation to place. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1995 Timmermans has through her position at Street level been making work collaboratively and facilitating opportunities for others across a range of settings.

Zandra Yeaman is the Community and Campaigns officer for The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights. CRER works to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment and to promote racial justice across Scotland.