Teju Adisa-Farrar is a writer/poet/performance artist and urban geographer. Her interdisciplinary work is produced from the research she does on geographies of Blackness, queering Blackness, transnational activism, city culture initiated and experienced by people of African descent and other post-colonial communities. Teju integrates socio-historical writing, poetry, movement, community collaboration and subjectivity to explore the realities of Blackness and post-capitalist futures in Euro-North American urban contexts.

She will offer two workshops in the X Space. And do a performance plus Q+A at the Closing Reception on thursday night.

“DEARWHITEEUROPE”
https://vimeo.com/203327552

Workshop 1 [July 10th, 4pm]: [Black] Womyn on Happiness and Hedonism
Open to persons who identify as womyn of African descent and/or as Black womyn

While there are often discussions of Black/African womyn being strong and resilient and/or sexual beings for consumption, we do not often talk about what brings us joy, what makes us happy, and how we find pleasure in the places that we inhabit. How do we understand and express our many layered selves through reflecting on happiness and hedonism in all the geographies we are apart of?

Workshop 2 [July 11th, 4pm] : Transnational Diaspora Affirmations
Open to persons of who identify as being part of a postcolonial diaspora and/or persons of color.

“Transnational Diaspora Affirmations” is a project that asks artists and activists from the diaspora for affirmations they have for their comrades in other parts of the world. It is a way to say we see you, while at the same time decentralize American-centrism and Eurocentrism to create a transnational diasporic perspective of mutual resistance and transnational solidarity in the diaspora

Closing Reception [12 July, 6pm] TBD
Open to everyone
Reading and Presentation from Teju Adisa-Farrar about her work and her future projects. Afterward her performance we can have a discussion and do Q&A.
Finally we can have some drinks and listen to music and relax!

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In conversation with Khaleb Brooks- Sunanda Mesquita for WE DEY

“Rememory: Ritual Blackness and Beyond” by Khaleb Brooks
14th of June – 30th of June 2018

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We are excited to welcome Khaleb Brooks for a two weeks art residency & solo exhibition at WE DEY x SPACE.

Khaleb Brooks is a multi- media artist whose work is founded on research of ancestral knowledge and oral histories. Through painting, sculpture and photography Khaleb explores the role of memory in disrupting ideologies that maintain time as linear and fixed. By reviving ancestral cosmologies, creating assemblages of fragmented identities and engaging with generational trauma he seeks to re- imagine the notions of progress embedded in colonial and capitalist histories. The solo exhibition “Rememory: Ritual Blackness and Beyond” deals with thoughts and concepts of blackness as ritual and spaces of non- being as well as attempts to transcend these spaces.

FINISSAGE:
30th of June 6pm -10pm
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How would you introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know you or your art works yet?

I am a collector of found objects and forgotten information. Rusted metal and dry rotted wood, homemade zines, colonial maps, footage of laughter in the Andes, hand drums, rusted lunch boxes, Tibetan prayer flags, other people’s trash and outdated encyclopedias. They are not always straightforward or clear representations, but are stories. They are memories mapping histories, geographies and identities. They complicate time. This is what drives me. I have learned to listen a bit harder. To piece together not just what is said but to include cracked skin on tired hands and the glow of candles at midnight. I am determined to (re)document moments that have layers slowly peeling away, encompassing a variety of worlds yet to be seen. I am determined to not just capture them, but to let them speak for themselves.

I’m a black, transgender, AFAB, punk kid from the southside of Chicago. I’m an artist that doesn’t see my work as seperate from my politics. In Baldwin’s words, “The poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Statesmen don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only poets.” My work is an attempt at an honest understanding of myself with hopes of contributing to a greater understanding of who we all are.

How would you position yourself in the art world? Do you feel any connection to current or past people or movements (also outside the art world)?

I’m an outsider when it comes to the art world. Which on one hand is a perk as I don’t have to aspire to be included in a canon that wasn’t meant for me in the first place. On the other hand the institutional support, or lack thereof, directly affects my ability to make work. I’m at a stalemate really, having to grapple with a market I’m not interested in just for my work to be undervalued. When it comes to movements, I’m most inspired by liberatory struggles, the Black Panthers, Zapatistas and Afrofuturism. And when it comes to people, writers such as Toni Morrison, Baldwin, Achille Mbembe, Fred Moten, Sadiyah Hartman and Yrsa Daley- Ward continue to affect my feelings about the world and my place in it. Artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Sun Mu, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Ren Hang, Njideka Akunyili Crosby are my current inspirations and have laid the groundwork for any future success I may have.

 

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Can you tell us more about the series you are going to exhibit at WE DEY x space and what interests you in showing your works in this specific context of WE DEY x SPACE in Vienna?

The works I’m exhibiting all have an underlying thread of ritual processes. They are ultimately concerned with blackness as ritual, spaces of non- being and attempting to transcend that space. Works from the Summoning Spirits series will be featured as well as a painting of writer and presenter Emma Dabiri and writer/ model Yrsa Daley- Ward. The painting of Emma Dabiri speaks to the complexities of black hair, as I attempt to exemplify both it’s beauty and political implications through a collage of materials. Hair, our attitudes toward it and the processes in which we attempt to tame it, let it free, style it, run from it and embrace it greatly influenced the piece. The work of Yrsa Daley- Ward, emerging storyteller and actress, is a recognition of how personal narratives in themselves can be a platform. How can the rituals that keep us alive, thriving and whole affect the lives of others? How do memories, collective memory, secrets and the seemingly mundane transform us? These are the questions writers like Yrsa are answering in their work, this is what I want to capture. The term ‘rememory’ in the title of the show is a direct reference Toni Morrison’s use of the word in her novel Beloved.

WE DEY x space is truly the first of its kind, in my lifetime at least. A collective and gallery space that specifically shows and supports Queer poc artists!? Who would have thought! And it is no coincidence that my second solo show, and first in a gallery, would be in this type of space. WEY DEY x is a space created by Queer/ Trans POC artists for Queer/ Trans POC artists. It is a safe space where I can show my work, get feedback and develop projects with like minded individuals. As someone who falls into the emerging artist category having a show in a space like this is ideal. I can engage with my practice without having to worry about institutional racism and transphobic perceptions.

The Brilliant

What sparked your interest in reviving what has been forgotten- how do you link your art to ancestral memory and what outcomes do you imagine?

 

An interest in forgotten information was sparked by my own family. Secrets, fears, dreams and genealogies were a staple in my childhood. I’ll never forget when I learned the name Amos Taggert during a conversation with my grandmother about how she monitored my mum for schizophrenia. He was the Irishman that raped my great grandmother Rita Mae Bell when she was 13, and had my grandfather as a result. She is still alive, and has been in a mental institution since the 40s. And with that background and my grandmother’s mother who spent her life in a mental institution, she didn’t think my mother had a chance. Another example is the photograph I was show of my family on plantation steps. Or even the photograph of my third, maybe fourth great aunt, an ex slave wearing a fur coat. How’d she get that fur coat, I’d ask. Or how come this aunt is light and that ones not. And my grandmother would say, oh here’s another photo of the plantation owner (slave master), also your ancestor. The stories go on and on and got more scandalous and ridden with pain as I got older, some I can’t repeat, not yet.

Many people in the African diaspora don’t know their histories and even those that do, it’s more of an idea. These fragments, real and invented are my true medium and I’m still learning the best ways to convey their meanings. At the moment portraiture is the predominant way I attempt to make linkages between ancestral memory and art. None of us, and I speak particularly to black transgender folks, are new stand alone representations of ourselves. And through our faces and the faces of black folk in general I’m acknowledging a lost trajectory, forgotten ancestral knowledge and place our experiences within a context that isn’t just a manifestation  of colonialism or even post- colonial discourse. African cosmologies have always included us and I’d just like to tell that story.

 

As part of your residency at  WE DEY x space, we invited you to host an evening. Can you tell us more about what you have planned, who it is for and what are you imagining as a possible outcome?

I’ll be hosting two evenings in the space. One evening I’ll be screening a short documentary by long time friend and Intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis, called The Son I Never Had. Afterwards Pidgeon will Skype in and we’ll have a discussion about their experiences, activism, and how art/ media affects their life and struggle for change. This is for everyone. When we discuss LGBTQ lives, we still forget the I for Intersex. I hope this creates greater understanding of that experience for everyone and help us understand what we as artists can do for our community.

I’ll also be hosting a comic book workshop where we discuss character development, storyboarding and the history of Queer and POC comics.

 

WE DEY x SPACE proudly presents

“Rememory: Ritual Blackness and Beyond” by Khaleb Brooks
14th of June – 30th of June 2018

We are excited to welcome Khaleb Brooks for a two weeks art residency & solo exhibition at WE DEY x SPACE.

Khaleb Brooks is a multi- media artist whose work is founded on research of ancestral knowledge and oral histories. Through painting, sculpture and photography Khaleb explores the role of memory in disrupting ideologies that maintain time as linear and fixed. By reviving ancestral cosmologies, creating assemblages of fragmented identities and engaging with generational trauma he seeks to re- imagine the notions of progress embedded in colonial and capitalist histories. The solo exhibition “Rememory: Ritual Blackness and Beyond” deals with thoughts and concepts of blackness as ritual and spaces of non- being as well as attemps to transcend these spaces.

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VERNISSAGE: “”Rememory: Ritual Blackness and Beyond”
14th of June at 6pm
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EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS/OPEN STUDIO:
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Mon-Thurs 11am-4pm
Sat 4-7pm
Sun 1-4pm
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QTIBPoC COMIC WORKSHOP
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Khaleb Brooks will host a comic book workshop where we will discuss character development, storyboarding and the history of Queer and POC comics. ♥ please register with an email to we.dey.in@gmail.com
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FILMSCREENING OPEN FOR ALL
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Screening of short documentary by Intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis, called The Son I Never Had. Afterwards Pidgeon will Skype in and we’ll have a discussion about their experiences, activism, and how art/ media affects their life and struggle for change. This is for everyone. When we discuss LGBTQ lives, we still forget the I for Intersex. I hope this creates greater understanding of that experience for everyone and help us understand what we as artists can do for our community.
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FINISSAGE:
30th of June 4pm -10pm
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Accessibility Infos:

X SPACE is accessible via a ramp. The ramp is 76 cm wide and the slope is 9 %. For more information please contact us!
The closest wheelchair accessible toilet is @ Café Oben, Urban-Loritz-Platz. It’s a five minutes distance.

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about WE DEY x space

WE DEY x space is dedicated to amplify the art and culture production for and by Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black People/People of Color

WE DEY x space aims to center marginalised voices, perspectives, knowledges and experiences from different diasporas

WE DEY x space will host exhibitions, workshops, kitchen table talks and film screenings around the topics of decolonial art production, community, self-care, empowerment.

Dear all!

we kindly invite Black artists and Artists of Color to apply for a fellowship at WE DEY x SPACE! The fellowship is offered by kültüř gemma! and will start on 1st July 2018, the grant covers 1300€ a month (income tax free) over a period of 6 months. During the fellowship you will get insight in the organisation of WE DEY and support ongoing exhibitions and events. At the end of the fellowship you will present your research/project idea at WE DEY x SPACE.

We invite artists, activists, art theorists, historians – who define themselves as Black people or People of Color – to propose a project that focuses on the artistic and activist herstories through “Tracing Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black People/People of Color resistance in Vienna”.

WE DEY has collected a lot of archive material over the past years – from audio & video
material, to newspapers, books, art works etc. We invite the fellow to re-organise and
expand our archive which is centered around art and knowledge production, activism and community work that made it possible for WE DEY to exist today. We understand archiving as a community building tool and we would like the fellow to invite the wider community to share their stories and document them, host round tables, kitchen table talks or film nights and create new materials.

Project dates and requirements
The 6-months fellowship will start beginning of July 2018 and the presentation of the project should be in December 2018 at WE DEY x SPACE. The fellow has to be based in Vienna.

What we have to offer
In collaboration with kültür gemma! WE DEY will support with online and printed publicity and logistical/technical support. We are happy to connect you to other BPoC Artists based in Vienna. We will offer you access to our WE DEY archive and a working space at WE DEY x SPACE.

How to apply

Your application should include the following in one PDF file (in English or German):
• CV/Artist’s statement describing your practice and areas of interest
(up to 250 words)
• A motivational letter that shortly outlines the applicant’s interest in collaborating with
WE DEY x SPACE and that touches on following questions:

1. Is your artistic practice focused around topics such as archiving, collectivity & commu
nity? Tell us more about it!
2. What interests you in a decolonial queer feminist approach to archiving and the histo
ry of BPoC resistance in Vienna?
3. What are your ideas of expanding and working with the WE DEY archive?
(up to 1200 words)

Deadline is: 7th of June 2018, 12pm.

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Questions concerning kültüř gemma!
Contact person is Galia Baeva
E-mail: baeva@kueltuergemma.at

Questions concerning WE DEY x SPACE
E-mail: we.dey.in@gmail.com

 

 

Ihr Lieben!
Wir möchten mit Euch unser einjähriges Bestehen feiern! Viele von Euch begleiten uns schon von Anfang an, einige von euch sind nach und nach dazu gekommen! Ein Jahr ist es erst her, seit wir mit Amoako Boafo’s Arbeiten den x SPACE eröffnet haben!! In diesem Jahr wurde im x SPACE regelmäßig getanzt, Filme geschaut, geschrieben, diskutiert, gedreht, ausgestellt und ge-cared. Damit es so weiter gehen kann haben wir ein volles Programm für unser nächstes (und letztes) Jahr in der Kandlgasse 24 geplant. Kommt, feiert mit uns und unterstützt uns noch ein Jahr die Miete zu zahlen und Events, Community Sessions, SelfCare Days und Ausstellungen auf die Beine zu stellen. 🙂

ART SALE/MUSIC/FOOD/FUNDRAISER

CAKE/FOOD SALE: Bringt Kuchen und andere Speisen! Die Spenden gehen an die Miete von x SPACE

Dear all!
We would like to invite you to celebrate our first anniversary of x SPACE Vienna! Many of you have been with us since the start, many joined us along the way! It’s been one year that we opened X SPACE with art works by Amoako Boafo! There was Space for dancing, writing, discussing, filming, screening, exhibiting and caring. To continue with all that we have planned a full programme for the upcoming (and last) year at Kandlgasse 24. Come and celebrate with us! Support x Space so we can pay our rent and organise all these events, community sessions, SelfCare Days and exhibitions! 🙂

ART SALE/MUSIC/FOOD/FUNDRAISER

CAKE/FOOD SALE: Bring cake & yummy things ♥ – all the donations will go towards paying rent of x SPACE!

Stay uptodate on facebook  and on instagram to keep yourself informed or just visit us during one of the upcoming events!

xoxo

your WE DEY collective

 

Dear all!

We have been blessed with sooo many amazing proposals- thank you again for applying and sharing your thoughts, ideas and so much love!

We will keep you in the loop for this years exiting programme- this is a short overview so you have some idea of what’s going to happen this year!

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Please follow us on fb.com/wedey2 and on instagram @we_dey to keep yourself informed or just visit us during one of the upcoming events!

xoxo

your WE DEY collective

 

The Deadline is moving closer!! 1 week left to send in your submissions! We are looking forward to hear from you!

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Project Dates:

The duration of the projects can range from an evening session, a day, up to 2 weeks in 2018.

What we have to offer:

As a non-profit self-organised art space we offer our venue free of charge, we will support with online and printed publicity and logistical/technical support. We are happy to connect you to other BPoC Artists based in Vienna and to educational programmes that work in local schools. We will provide administrative and curatorial support. If you apply from outside of Vienna we can also offer a guest room in a queer housing project.

We are currently applying for travel costs & production costs, but we cannot promise any financial support yet. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Your application should include the following in one PDF file (in English or German):

  • Artist’s statement describing your practice and areas of interest (up to 250 words)
  • A minimum of 10 images of recent projects, with captions and a short description if necessary.
  • CV/Resume
  • project description including
    * a list of required equipment & technical support
    * preferred dates and links to relevant media (e.g. articles about your work, exhibitions)
    * Project goals & target groups (who is the project directed towards, is there an invitation policy, will the programme be open only to a specific group or public and why?)
  • cover sheet with name, contact address, e-mail and telephone numbers, website details if available.

Send your application to we.dey.in@gmail.com

DEADLINE: 14th of February 2018, 12pm.

more infos HERE

 

WE DEY X SPACE announces its first Open Call for projects for 2018We kindly invite Black artists and Artists of Color to apply with proposals for exhibitions, events, workshops, kitchen table talks and film screenings around the topics of decolonial art production, community, self-care and empowerment.

WE DEY x SPACE is a self – organised art space in Vienna run by a BPoC collective, which aims to centre marginalised voices, perspectives, knowledge(s) and experiences from different Diasporas.

We welcome projects that center around Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black People/People of Color and focus on utopian notions of community, belonging, healing and body politics.

The Open Call welcomes all forms of contemporary arts, critical pedagogy and social activism: solo & group exhibitions, performances, installations, sound art, poetry, lectures, talks, workshops, film screenings, kitchen table talks, healing & self care sessions etc. We invite artists, activists, curators, collectives, organisations to propose a project to be realised at WE DEY x SPACE.

Project Dates:

The duration of the projects can range from an evening session, a day, up to 2 weeks in 2018.

What we have to offer:

As a non-profit self-organised art space we offer our venue free of charge, we will support with online and printed publicity and logistical/technical support. We are happy to connect you to other BPoC Artists based in Vienna and to educational programmes that work in local schools. We will provide administrative and curatorial support. If you apply from outside of Vienna we can also offer a guest room in a queer housing project.

We are currently applying for travel costs & production costs, but we cannot promise any financial support yet. Feel free to contact us for more information.

 

Your application should include the following in one PDF file (in English or German):

  • Artist’s statement describing your practice and areas of interest (up to 250 words)
  • A minimum of 10 images of recent projects, with captions and a short description if necessary.
  • CV/Resume
  • project description including
    * a list of required equipment & technical support
    * preferred dates and links to relevant media (e.g. articles about your work, exhibitions)
    * Project goals & target groups (who is the project directed towards, is there an invitation policy, will the programme be open only to a specific group or public and why?)
  • cover sheet with name, contact address, e-mail and telephone numbers, website details if available.

Send your application to we.dey.in@gmail.com

DEADLINE: 14th of February 2018, 12pm.

About X SPACE

… x SPACE is a self-organised art space and shared studio space that launched in May 2017
… x SPACE is organized by different collectives such as WE DEY x SPACE, ko/lab x SPACE, trans*screenings x SPACE
… x SPACE is currently financed by donations only – we are in need of your financial support!
… x SPACE is accessible via a ramp. The ramp is 76 cm wide and the slope is 9 %. For more information please contact us! The closest wheelchair accessible toilet is in a five to ten minutes distance.

WE DEY

Amoako Boafo and Sunanda Mesquita saw the necessity to create a space for and by Black and People of Color artists, a space to connect, to network, to discuss strategies, and empower each other. WE DEY– platform for contemporary arts — was founded in 2013 awarded with the kültüř gemma! scholarship of the city Vienna in 2014. In 2016 Jaqueline Ejiji became a crucial member and until today, the collective is growing steadily.

We are proud to say that we have come a long way. In May 2017, WE DEY found a permanent residence at x SPACE in Vienna. The first exhibition Detoxing Masculinitywith works by Amoako Boafo took place between 22nd of June and 8th of July 2017 and marked the opening of X SPACE.
More information can be found here:
we-dey.in
Instagram: @we_dey
fb.com/wedey2
fb.com/xspacevienna

 

PDF Version:
OPEN CALL WE DEY 2018

Saturday 6.1.: 5pm-10pm

Poetry book release “General Theory of Failure” by Hamilton Borges Walê from The React or Die Campaign, Bahia/Brazil. The book is in Portuguese and a limited amount will be available for sale. The event is intended for fundraising for the school for children and for the next book.

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Facebook Event

With Marissa Lobo, Juliana dos Santos and Pêdra Costa
Please come and support. The talk will be in English.

Against the genocide of black people, no step back!
The React or Die Campaign

Lançamento do livro Teoria Geral do Fracasso de Hamilton Borges Walê

Teoria Geral do Fracasso, primeiro livro de poesia “maloqueira” de Hamilton Borges Walê, articulador da Campanha Reaja ou Será Morta, Reaja ou Será Morto.

Hamilton Borges Walê nasceu em 1967, na cidade de Salvador, e passou a infância e adolescência no Curuzu, na Liberdade, o bairro mais negro do país. Treina boxe, joga capoeira, é do Candomblé, foi ator de teatro, cinema, professor de projeto popular, articulador cultural, oficineiro, porteiro, vendedor de pastel, amendoim e pipoca.

Trabalhou no projeto Meninos e Meninas de Rua de São Bernardo do Campo, militou por alguns anos no Movimento Negro Unificado (MNU) e fundou, nos anos 80, o grupo de intervenção poética “Os Maloqueiros”, responsáveis por recitar em becos, cadeias, quebradas e invadir eventos da elite branca baiana.

Fundou o Projeto Intramuros, na Penitenciaria Lemos de Brito, é articulador da Reaja ou Será Morto/a, que ergueu o movimento nacional de combate ao genocídio do povo negro, coordenou as Marchas Contra o Genocídio do Povo Negro, e coordena uma Escola Panafricanista em Salvador. É também membro da 4° internacional Garveista, Panafricanista, nacionalista preto, quilombista.