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.

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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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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.

We want to warmly invite you to IS ID ALL  – VOIDS, the final presentation of the Kültür Gemma projects of Nicole Alecu de Flers and Belinda Kazeem- Kamiński. In conversation with Janine Jembere, we will be sharing about our research projects and artistic strategies of dealing with text.
When: 4th of December, 2017 starting from 7 pm
Where: We Dey x Space, Kandlgasse 24, 1070 Wien
There will be food and drinks, donations go to We Dey x Space.

IS ID ALL Nicole Alecu de Flers

(Written) text has a powerful influence on public perception and reception, as it can make certain positions visible and others invisible. Especially printed and published texts are considered to be important conveyors of knowledge. However, this narrating and sharing of knowledge often happens at the expense of positions that are outside the norm, especially with regard to race, gender and sexuality. In order to challenge these in/visibilities, this presentation is based on a broader notion of what text/language is and how it works that goes beyond a narrowly defined textual, literal level. By working with text and language visually and by using strategies from the field of conceptual art, I present new possibilities to shift and shape in/visibilities.
Nicole Alecu de Flers is a political scientist (PhD), founder and director of the publishing house Zaglossus, interdisciplinary artist and university lecturer focusing on Queer, Gender and Postcolonial Studies.
 
VOIDS Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński
In the tension between white, male knowledge production, the non-existence of direct sources and the recurring feeling of flashbacks, as a memory of something, that one hasn’t experienced, but that haunts and keeps on coming back, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński deals with the (in-)visibility of Black history in Austria. How to deal with the voids in the archive? How to think about Blackness in a country, where the majority of the population would state, that there is no colonial heritage? In her presentation, the artist tries to negotiate ways of dealing with the voids in the archive and the flashbacks in the everyday. Beyond wishes for a smoothing of and the longing for resistance stories, artistic strategies of dealing with archival material will be discussed, as a way to come to terms with what is under the surface – invisible to many, impossible to shake off for others.
Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński is a writer and artist living in Vienna/Austria. Grounded in Black feminist theory, she is interested in memory, trauma and Black radical imagination.

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22th November 2017, 6pm: BPoC Poetry Night

Dear Black and Brown People,
Wir laden Euch herzlich ein! Es wird was Feines geben: Fünf fabelhafte Femmes of Color werden uns einen Abend voller Wortkunst bescheren. Lahya Aukongo, Esi Boison, Enesi M., Sarah Gaad, Njideka aka Nj_Versifier sind ihre Namen. Und sie eint die Liebe zu Texten und den Möglichkeiten, die Präsentation dieser auszuloten.
Kommt, hört, seht, schmeckt (ein Bier/ein Cola/einen Wein/ whateveeer!). Lasst Euch von den Texten und den Performances in Gedanken-, Klang- und Bilderwelten treiben! Und wieder zurück, zum Wien im November 2017. Ein Wien, dass nach den Wahlen ächzt. Und uns stinkt.
Wir werden diesen Abend zu unserer Erinnerung hinzufügen: Einen Abend, der uns im X SPACE zusammenbringt, und an dem wir uns auf das, was die Poetesses mit uns teilen werden, einfach nur einlassen können. Gemeinsam. Weniger einsam.
Wir freuen uns, Euch zu sehen!

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24th November 2017, 7pm: MAJOR! Screening for QTBPoC
Dear Cuties!
In Cooperation with Trans* Screening at X Space and the Vienna Black Movie Club we will screen MAJOR! a new documentary film directed by Annalise Ophelian for free!
TQBPOCs (trans and queer black people &people of color): MAJOR! chronicles the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 75 year old Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Come, and let us learn about this amazing person together!
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Miss Major Circle of Care: Please bring your wallets! There will be a donation box which directly goes to the Community Retirement Fund of Miss Major. More information about the fund: https://www.gofundme.com/MsMajorRetirement

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4th December 2017, 6pm: Voids & ID – Final Presentation

Nicole Alecu de Flers (“IS ID ALL”) and Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński (“Voids”)
present their artistic projects realized with a working grant from Kültür gemma! 
at WE DEY X SPACE.

Further details coming soon – save the date!

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7th December 2017, 5pm: Body. Love. Movement! Queer Dance Class

Mzamo Jama Nondlwana’s bi-weekly dance class in our X SPACE!
This a space for queer/ trans*/inter/non-binary people only!
12 Euros per class is our recommendation for the donation, but of course you can donate less. This class starts at 5 pm sharp.
Write us an email, if you want to attend for sure: we.dey.in@gmail.com. ♥

“This is a workshop class where we use movement to explore different possibilities and challenge our limitation through physicality and imagination. We will explore elements such as the voice, theatricality, movement and emotions as empowering tools. Let us take a moment to meet, to free the body of its own limitation. Let us go through a journey to discover new hidden gems using our bodies. Open all your senses, discover how the smell changes, how your vision elevates your fantasy, how dense the taste of your thoughts is. This is an experiment. There are no mistakes but only ‘what ifs’.” Mzamo Jama Nondlwana

— Dear white friends & interested white people: please note this is a space that centers queer Black people & People of Color! You are welcome to take part in the dance class as long as you understand that we will not accept any form of Anti-Blackness, exotisation of Black and Brown bodies, Fat/femmephobia, trans*/inter*antagonism or any other oppressive behaviour.—

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9th December 2017, 6pm: Anti*colonial Fantasies Book Presentation

Program:
19:00 Lecture by Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita, Sophie Utikal
20.00 Artist Talk with participating artists
20:30 Dj B.B collection aka Bicha Boo collective (Pêdra CostaMzamo Jama)
*all evening: book stall by Verlag Zaglossus

About the project:
Anti*Colonial Fantasies / Decolonial Strategies brings together artists from different diasporas, students and lecturers, who engage with a critique of the repercussions of colonialism—including in academia—and the quest for transforming this reality.

Anti*Colonial Fantasies is a student and lecturer initiative that is part of a history of decolonial, postcolonial, antiracist initiatives at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and within Austria. It belongs to a genealogy of artistic works produced by BPoC (Black and People of Color) and migrant artists that seek to transform the contexts and spaces they occupy. These interventions seek to address colonialism and racism from within the centers of hegemonic Eurocentric knowledge.

With contributions by: Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Gerardo Montes de Oca, Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Amoako Boafo, Stephanie Misa, Sandra Monterroso, Tatiana Nascimento, Ezgi Erol, Firas Shehadeh, Hansel Sato, Sophie Utikal, Rini Mitra, Mariel Rodríguez, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Cana Bilir-Meier, Pêdra Costa, and Eduardo Triviño Cely.

Accessibility Infos:

The room is accessible via a ramp. The ramp is 76 cm wide and the slope is 9 %. We can send pictures of the ramp if required.
The toilet is not wheelchair accessible but there is a toilet in Café Oben at Urban-Loritz-Platz that can be used. It’s a five minutes distance.

 

Amazing people!
3385 Euros! That is the final sum we got through the crowdsourcing campaign. Whoop whoop! Oh yeah, we did! Thank you all sososo much for your support through liking, loving, sharing, commenting, and giving. This year was so far inspiring, and we will keep on pushing to amplify the art production and empowerment of Black and PoC women*/non-binary/trans*/inter/femmes in Vienna.   

We are happy to announce that we already reached 80 % of our crowdfunding goal on Firefund.net– a platform for radical political crowdsourcing.
❤ ❤ Please support us with donating if you can and/or sharing this with your friends, family, lovers, partners, allies, collegues, sugapersons!
With your help we will spend our goal of 3000 Euro on:
* Maintaining the BPoC community space (rent, electricity, internet, insurance) for 2017
* Production costs for exhibitions (material costs, transport, printing costs)
* Projector for film screenings & presentations
About WE DEY x SPACE:

WE DEY found a permanent home at WE DEY x SPACE in Vienna, Austria. We are organising exhibitions, workshops, performance nights, poetry events, self-care sundays, yoga classes and contemporary dance classes. We aim to create a space of support for and by Black and PoC women*/non-binary/trans*/inter/femmes. A space to connect to each other, to get to know each other better, to work on alliances and future projects. A space that allows us to think and voice our needs and wishes/visions.

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We are happy to announce that we just launched our first crowdfunding action with Firefund.net– a platform for radical political crowdsourcing.
❤ ❤ Please support us with donating if you can and/or sharing this with your friends, family, lovers, partners, allies, collegues, sugapersons!
With your help we will spend our goal of 3000 Euro on:
* Maintaining the BPoC community space (rent, electricity, internet, insurance) for 2017
* Production costs for exhibitions (material costs, transport, printing costs)
* Projector for film screenings & presentations
Total Amount 3000.-
About WE DEY x SPACE:

WE DEY found a permanent home at WE DEY x SPACE in Vienna, Austria. We are organising exhibitions, workshops, performance nights, poetry events, self-care sundays, yoga classes and contemporary dance classes. We aim to create a space of support for and by Black and PoC women*/non-binary/trans*/inter/femmes. A space to connect to each other, to get to know each other better, to work on alliances and future projects. A space that allows us to think and voice our needs and wishes/visions.

 

 

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On Wednesday WE DEY x SPACE opened its doors for the workshop “Activating Archives through Radical Methods” during the festival “Another Roadmap School- Intertwining Histories”.

The session united Evan Ifekoya & Raju Rage from Collective Creativity, Rangoato Hlasane, Patrick Mudekereza and Sunanda Mesquita from initiatives in London, Jo’burg, Lubumbashi and Vienna. We had a great time sharing different radical strategies of centering BPoC voices of the Present. Past. Future. from various geopolitical perspectives. We shared resources and toolkits, expanded each others archives and libraries. It was an exciting day full of new knowledge production and community building.

 

Thanks Raju Rage & Maja Renn for the nice pics ❤

AMOAKO BOAFO
‘Detoxing Masculinity’

22nd June – 8th July 2017
WE DEY x space

‘Detoxing Masculinity’ presents the latest self-portrait series of Amoako Boafo in a solo exhibition. The artist presents works that continue the explorations and engagement with personal narratives in relation to collective histories, as well as materiality, and process. The large-scale oil paintings underline Amoako Boafo’s multifaceted references from the fields of literature, iconography and traditional painting, inspired by his personal quest to free himself from society‘s norms and limitations.

In Detoxing Masculinity the artists reflects on his religious upbringing, toxic notions of masculinity and his transformation to self-validation and becoming. While disrupting the white gaze onto his naked Black body with non-stereotypical representations of Black masculinity, the series can be read as journey, longing for self-love and self-care. Black self-love is revolutionary in a world, which still sees the Black male body as something to be consumed, to be hyper-sexualized and at the same time something to be afraid of.

Sunanda Mesquita
curator/co-founder of WE DEY