My name is Yoyotte – I’m self-employed, working independently in a hair salon here in Port Elizabeth. I’m a qualified nurse in the DRC, but due to the reality here [in South Africa] as a foreigner, I couldn’t find a job and so life was tough for me. Then, I decided to use what God has given me, so I decided to start my own business. Braiding hair is my passion, it’s like a gift God gave me, and this is why I’m using it. Like I said, I’m a certified nurse, but here in South Africa I also completed my certificate in Accounting Science and am currently doing daily financial accounting. I’m happily married and a mother of two. I’m a self-made woman who likes distinction in everything I do. I always push myself to be among the best. I detest humiliation, and this is why I give my best in everything, to be there… among the best! I know with the power of God, who made me who I am, I’m going to do good things. Amen! Thank you so much!

Hello everyone, my name is la femme Sounamite, I’m a congolaise married to a camerounais man, I’m the mother of 2 handsome boys, and we live in Port Elisabeth. La femme Sounamite… she is a hard worker and an independent woman; she has a small business to make a living, but also has a national [Congolese] diploma in hospitality. She has also worked in sewing and as a caregiver, all just trying to make a living. All her life she liked to commit, everything with God’s hand, and she also likes to socialize with other people. Thank you, and I'm not going to forget my PE ladies for their efforts, love and focus! ❤

After sharing stories and creative works amongst ourselves as a group in the past weeks, on the last Sunday before the opening we will decide what we want to share with an audience, and how to do so. In a collective decision-making proces we will fill the space with (some of) our works, for example on large pieces of paper backdrops, TV screens with materials and tables with clay works and booklets.

The tactility of objects, fabric, and hand stitching, have a universal language with a power to convey our immediate realities, our wishes, desires and our complexity.

Clowning:  a workshop about clowning and the making of joy within the practice of solidarity and healing.

In this workshop, I will give a short introduction what Ancestral communication technology can be. And how art making can stimulate remembering and opening a window for ancestors. Finding ways to connect to those ancestral memories that cannot be found in texts or archives.

Themes such as 'women's challenges, sexuality and new environments' being highlighted in Parisa's visual work, she also believes in the power of co-creation through workshops.

For this workshop, our focus would be on exploring the basics of building a poem. Together, we will learn to utilize words as paint to tell stories/poems.

Rochita's workshop practice is influenced by Adrienne Maree Brown, by Edouard Glissant’s work on relationality, by Rolando Vazquez and various thinkers on decoloniality and decolonial practice. Her interest lies in stimulating and encouraging makers, thinkers and dreamers to explore beyond what is the comfort zone.

In this workshop Maha will talk about, and practice together, with rope play, role play and consent. Paying attention to submissive (queer, migrant, refugee) narratives and experiences, and placing it in a political perspective (with topics like SM, shaming, safety, privilege & consent). We will create a safer environment to share stories, practice and have fun.

LIMBO

DEFIANCE DOLLS, with Sarah Naqvi

The tactility of objects, fabric, and hand stitching, have a universal language with a...

CLOWNING, with Mala Badi

Clowning: a workshop about clowning and the making of joy within the practice of...

FIMO CLAY - ancestral communication technology, with Jerrold Saija

In this workshop, I will give a short introduction what Ancestral communication...

BIOGRAPHICAL DRAWING, with Parisa Akbarzadehpoladi

Themes such as 'women's challenges, sexuality and new environments' being highlighted in...

POETRY, with Lamin Barrow

For this workshop, our focus would be on exploring the basics of building a poem....

STORY CREATION, with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Rochita's workshop practice is influenced by Adrienne Maree Brown, by Edouard Glissant’s...

THE ART OF RESTRAINT - rope play & consent, with Maha Youssef

In this workshop Maha will talk about, and practice together, with rope play, role play...

LIMBO - queer exilic narratives

LIMBO is a creative research collaboration between Framer Framed , Refugee Academy ,...