Private Project

Mama Benin

Mama Benin is an ode to all that was lost, to longing for connection to stolen history. Inspired by the Pendent Mask of Benin. This work aims honour the ancestors, it is concerned with psychohistorical, the preservation of history and longing for belonging and identity.

This piece means a lot to me, it is my first exploration in to performance, poetry and moving image and marks a mile stone within my practice.

  • Tiya-Renee Roisin Jones
  • Tiya-Renee Roisin Jones
  • Harry Kumar
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 13, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Royal College of Art
Director Biography - Tiya-Renee Roisin Jones

Roisin Jones is a talented fine art photographer and multidisciplinary artist based in London, Jones has always been interested in exploring themes of identity, race, and social justice through her artwork. Her photographic work is characterized by its celebration of the everyday experiences of young black people and its reframing of the ‘black image’ during a turbulent period for minority groups in the UK.

Jones’ personal exploration of identity and racial injustice is a central theme in much of her work. Through her art, she seeks to uncover the clouded heritage of the Carribbean diaspora, confront the inheritance of racial oppression and injustice, and explore the scars of violent history that continue to shape our society today. Her work highlights the resilience and strength of marginalized communities in the face of adversity.

In addition to her photography, Jones is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, video, and installation art. Jones is deeply committed to creating art that reflects the experiences and perspectives of people of color. Jones aims to challenge the dominant narratives surrounding black identity and to create a space for marginalized voices to be heard. She continues to push the boundaries of fine art photography and multidisciplinary practice, exploring new avenues for artistic expression and social commentary.

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Director Statement

“This subject is something I hold dear to me, not only because I am a person of colour, but because storytelling in any capacity is interesting to me. I believe that being able to explore a small snippet of the multiplicit nature of blackness, especially during this unique period of time, provides for thought provoking stories; that help us to reflect on the world around us. Through my photographic documentation of these subjects, I aim to immortalise, celebrate and uplift my fellow young people of colour.”