A Kinder Justice | Free Word

27 October 2020

Presented by:
Brother Portrait and Belinda Zhawi


Brother Portrait and Belinda Zhawi challenge our justice system and imagine kinder futures in this brand new work. 

Time and time again we have witnessed police authorities abusing their power and failing to provide justice, particularly in the targeting of Black people who are disproportionately affected by practices like stop and search.

In May 2020, Black Lives Matter received an exponential amount of global exposure, and ideas around police and prison abolition finally reached the mainstream. In response, musician and poets Brother Portrait and Belinda Zhawi have produced brand new work that looks to kinder alternatives relying on community, care and support.

You can read their commissioned pieces here with forewords from organisations APPEAL, INQUEST, George Padmore Institute and campaigner Patrick Vernon OBE.

27 October 2020

Brother Portrait and Belinda Zhawi


Brother Portrait

Writer and Artist

Brother Portrait is a writer and artist - his words falling into form in poetry, prose, travel writing and music. He is a believer in the importance of cultural production, expression and archiving. Of writing to find and see oneself. Reading, questioning, talking and listening to fill in blanks. Mining personal and community memories to form a full and puzzling picture, presenting the range and diversity in our collective experience.

Belinda Zhawi

Writer, Sound Artist & Educator

Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer, sound artist & educator currently based in London. Her work explores Afro-diasporic research & narratives; how art & education can be used as intersectional tools. She was the 2016/17 Institute of Contemporary Arts Associate Poet, is the 2019 Serpentine Galleries’ Schools Artist in Residence & co-founder of, literary arts platform, BORN::FREE. Belinda is the author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018).