Artist & Director
Gillian Katungi is an interdisciplinary artist (musician, session vocalist, spoken word artist, performer, visual artist) and director based in Glasgow. She creates under the moniker Paix, which means peace. Paix experiments with new forms of expression and moves in the space between established artforms - the offering is currently shared as audio and visual. The power in her practice is influenced by healing, self-exploration, love, liberation, metaphysics, speculative fiction, diasporic experience, oral storytelling traditions, her African ancestry and the black archive. With a desire to re-imagine, her artistic process centres decoloniality, emotional honesty and playful exploration without judgement - creating space for what can emerge and flourish when black intersectional experiences are centred in safer, healing spaces. Paix loves participation with and in community and views play as a tool for liberation.
Paix is at her happiest when collaborating and co-creating. Alongside creatively leading on projects, Paix receives commissions and collaborates with national and international artists to make records, live performance, film and digital works. Amongst her latest successes are directing, performing and composing music for; five short films and four records, including the award winning film, Ghost Island, by Lisandro Suriel and the critically acclaimed album, 'With Love, From Glasgow' by Producer and DJ Rebecca Vasmant, which made the Top 10 on the UK and International Jazz Charts, respectively.
Paix's recent performances include; xJazz Festival Berlin, Glasgow Jazz Festival and being invited to perform as a special guest artist for Corinne Bailey Rae at True North Festival. Her short visuals; Space: Liminal Being (supported by Buzzcut residency) and Space 2: We've Come a Long Way (commissioned by Fringe of Colour), were screened as part of Buzzcut Festival, Fringe of Colour Festival 2021, Glasgow Film Festival 2021 and SQUIFF 2021.
Alongside her artistic practice, Gillian is an Executive Director at Kinfolk Network, an organisation that brings black activists and organisers together to learn from each other, strategise and heal. She is also involved in community building with Glasgow-based collectives. Gillian is pro rest, joy, healing with and in community and de-colonising healing and artistic practice. She is also particularly passionate about platforming and centering marginalised voices and young people. She is a mentor through Scottish schools based programme, MCR pathways and via less formal channels. Gillian is also a Trustee at Queens Park Arena, a community led arts and music venue at the heart of Glasgow’s south side.