We are honored to welcome Phoebe to our team! She is an African feminist scholar, a black academic, a nomadic subject, and a great friend who fights for social justice. With a vast experience in community engagement and art practices, Phoebe has now joined us as a co-promoter for the South African context and critical supporter for the overall project. Read Mimi’s interview with Phoebe to know more about her background, her experience with the FeesMustFall movement, and her moving engagement with marginalized communities in South Africa.

Hello! Ellade in Luganda! Nigahi in Runyankole Rukiga, my language 😀 I am a proud single mother of 1 child, currently living in Port Elizabeth. I’ve been self-employed now for 6 years, I’m from Uganda, and I work hard to support my family. Not everything has been easy since my childhood. I was born and raised by a single mother and l grew up struggling, until l decided to come to South Africa for greener pastures, so that l can support myself and my family back in Uganda. I hope one day my dreams will come true, and l will make it by God's Grace. Here in South Africa, we are in lockdown, trying to fight this coronavirus, but with God’s grace, we are going to fight back! That’s me, mama Anitah!

On March 27 2022 at 14:00h, the exhibition LIMBO is opening with a queer program. LIMBO is an exhibition created as an accumulation of content made during a workshop series for and by queer/refugee/migrant community organizers & artists. LIMBO is a creative research collaboration between Framer Framed, Refugee Academy (VU Amsterdam), Alaa Ammar for psychological first aid and queer/refugee/migrant community organizers & artists.

Bonjour! I’m a lovely mother of three children and married to a lovely person. I'm from the Congo. I arrived in South Africa 11 years ago, and I’m not working at the moment. I'm the first child of my mom and I have four siblings and a stepfather. I studied accounting in Congo Kinshasa. I wish to study how to cook more recipes, and I want to become a chef. I hope to get the opportunity to study and work. I know one day I will!

More and more, the societal implications of scientific research and the associated responsibility of the researcher is being stressed and rethought. Engaged scholarship is one way in which scholars approach doing research and position their work within society. Yet, what does being an engaged scholar mean exactly? How is engaged scholarship approached from various disciplines and methodological traditions, and to what extent do these differ? What are the implications of the various shapes and forms in which engaged scholarship can be approached?

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.

LIMBO

Safe Enough To Be Brave

For the last issue (#62) of FOAM Magazine, Fabian Holle and Alaa Ammar co-wrote a paper...

Queer Poetry Night x LIMBO

Join us for an evening of queer stories and interactions during the Queer Poetry Night...

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...