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 is a creative research collaboration between Framer Framed, Refugee Academy, Alaa Ammar for psychological first aid and (queer/refugee/migrant) community organizers & artists. Creative workshops are given by: Maha Youssef, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Lamin Barrow, Parisa Akbarzadehpoladi, Jerrold Saija, Mala Badi & Sarah Naqvi. The opening event is organised by Mama Kil representing Sehaq Queer Refugees Group.
We are a group of gender-nonconforming/ trans artists with a refugee/ migration background and were all part of Art for Change. Art for Change is a creative knowledge co-creation project, which was part of a study within the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, department of Sociology, that centered the knowledge, experiences and art practices of 10 LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/ questioning, intersex and other gender identities and sexualities outside of heterosexuality and cisgender) migrants/ refugees.