BLACK AS I AM QUEER AS I AM BLACK: A BLACK QUEER POETICS READING SESSION
A journey into black queer poetics through the music, poetry and performance works of self-identified black and queer artists from around the world.
Kopano Maroga and Maneo Mohale are two black queer cuties who have some questions about what constitutes so called blackness and so called queerness in the realm of poetics. How does identity sometimes operate as a doorway and, sometimes, a cliff? Is there a problem with falling? Is the falling The Poetic? And, most importantly, isn't all poetry GAY at the end of the day?
Join us for this guided reading session of pre-prescribed materials that evoke the poetic as we unpack what it means to us to be this black and this queer at this particular moment in history.
This event will take place on zoom - please register with your name, pronouns and motivations for attending here.
An accompanying reader will be provided to you after registration roughly one to two weeks before the reading session.
ABOUT MANEO & KOPANO
Maneo Refiloe Mohale (they/them) is a South African editor, feminist writer and poet. Their work has appeared in various local and international publications, including Jalada, Prufrock, The Beautiful Project, The Mail & Guardian, spectrum.za, and others. They’ve served as a contributing editor for The New York Times and i-D, among others. maneomohale.com
Kopano Maroga (they/them) is a performance artist, writer, cultural worker and co-founding director of the arts organization ANY BODY ZINE. They are currently living in Brussels, Belgium and working as a curator and guest-dramaturge at Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium. Instagram: @kopano.maroga
This event is part of Oyoun's EMBODIED ARTS FESTIVAL: Curators, artists and cultural practitioners have been exploring identities, belonging and embodied memories through diasporic, decolonial and queer perspectives as part of Oyoun’s first curatorial focus: EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES. The outcomes, encounters and queries will be presented and celebrated during the EMBODIED ARTS FESTIVAL from 8th - 18th April.
7. Apr. 2021
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