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“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.” – Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, 1961.

Frantz Fanon (1925-61) was an Afro-French psychiatrist, philosopher and politically radical thinker. In works such as Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961) he addressed the psychological effects of racism and colonialism, particularly on Black people living under French colonialism.

Led by Dr John Wilkins, this guided reading group will meet for three sessions in May and June 2024 to discuss the work and writing of Frantz Fanon.

The Reading Group takes place in the lead up to the forthcoming IMMA exhibition Take a Breath, a major new exhibition that provides an historical, social, political, and personal examination of breathing: why we breathe, how we breathe and what we breathe.

The Reading Group will be held on Saturdays on the 11 and 18 May and the 8 June.

This reading group is open to anyone with an interest in the work of Frantz Fanon and it may be of particular interest to artists, curators, researchers, activists, cultural and political theorists, art critics and students. Excerpts of readings will be circulated in PDF format in advance. Purchasing texts is not essential to participate but information can be provided on where to acquire texts and publications locally if you wish to do so.

For further information or to register contact Lisa Moran, Curator: Engagement and Learning via [email protected].


SESSION 1: Introduction to the work and context of Frantz Fanon
Saturday, 11 May, 12.30pm – 2.00pm

SESSION 2: selected readings from Black Skin, White Masks (1952)
Saturday, 25 May, 12.30pm – 2.00pm

SESSION 3: selected readings from The Wretched of the Earth (1961)
Saturday, 8 June, 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Discussions will take place in the courtyard (weather permitting) or the studios.

Meet in the courtyard.

Registration Details

To register, please title your email IMMA Reading Group and send the following information to [email protected]

  • Name
  • Contact email address
  • a brief statement indicating why you wish to join the reading group

All sessions will take place in the courtyard in IMMA or the studios. Registration is essential and reading material and further information will be sent following registration.

  • Participation is free.
  • Places are limited so pre-registration is necessary.
  • The series is open to anyone with an interest in the work of Frantz Fanon.
  • No prior knowledge of the work of Frantz Fanon is required.
  • Applicants must be available to undertake readings in advance of attending each session. Readings will be sent to group members via email in advance of each session.



The Frantz Fanon guided reading group is led by Dr John Wilkins.

Dr John Wilkins is an Irish Research Council Enterprise postdoctoral fellow working with both IMMA and Trinity College Dublin. He earned his PhD from Trinity College Dublin’s School of English and he is a lecturer and researcher of Black, Queer and Gender studies.


This initiative is supported by the
Irish Research Council

Irish Research Council

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.