For each episode, our guest will be asked to choose five pieces or items that have influenced their intellectual life and their work. These five items can be books, art, music, poetry, photographs, performance, a person, an event, or an experience. The choices then become the basis of a free-flowing conversation that discusses our guest’s life, their personal, political and intellectual journeys and histories. At the end of the programme, our current guest will nominate the person to be interviewed next in the series making this podcast an exercise in serendipity and an intellectual history of a new generation of writers/ scholars/ artists and activists.
This week, we spoke to Roopa Gogineni, a filmmaker and photographer who lives between Nairobi and Paris. She holds an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, where she researched the construction of media narratives around Somalia. She has produced a radio documentary on race and historical memory in Louisiana, made reality TV in Somalia, and photographed the last mountain shepherds in Spain.