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.


Questions concerning kültüř gemma!
Contact person is Galia Baeva

Questions concerning WE DEY x SPACE



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. 🙂


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! 🙂


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!


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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 and on instagram @we_dey to keep yourself informed or just visit us during one of the upcoming events!


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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

DEADLINE: 14th of February 2018, 12pm.

more infos HERE


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!
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:

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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! 

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: ♥

“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

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.


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We are happy to announce that we just launched our first crowdfunding action with– 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.-

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.









In preparation of Sophie Utikal’s solo show at WE DEY x SPACE, Sunanda Mesquita asked Sophie Utikal, a few questions about her artistic practice and what she is expecting from exhibiting in this particular space focused on BPoC arts in Vienna. Her current series “Threads of Selves” is on view from 12th -29th of October 2017 at WE DEY x SPACE, Kandlgasse 24, 1070 Vienna.

In conversation with Sophie Utikal


S.M.: Thanks Sophie for taking your time! How would you choose to introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know anything about your art works yet?



S.U.: My work is about stitching together textile fragments into self portraits of the different landscapes and imageries I see within my body. I use very soft and harmonic colors but stitch everything together with black thread, this makes the borders seem very rough. Because my drawings do not care so much about the “right” proportions and are very simple, the images look childish, which I really like a lot. And still, my technique of sewing everything together by hand is such a difficult and also intense process. I think my images are about breaking binaries of simple/complex, soft/hard, beautiful/disturbing, superficial/deep.

S.M.: Textile art production is embedded in many indigenous communities and communities of color- can you tell us a bit more about your work process and if/how you are referring to these herstories? What made you start to work in this medium?

S.U.: Yes, this is true, the women in my mother’s family from Colombia work with textile and produce textile images that are very simple and complex at the same time. They depict scenes from the everyday life on the countryside, farm animals, trees and houses. I was always fascinated by these images and wanted to apply their storytelling to my surroundings, my body and point of enunciation. The way the borders of my textile fragments are stitched together is a very clear reference to their works. In my case though, I chose to use a black thread to emphasize every stitch I make, instead of hiding them, which would a more common method. I want to make the process and the work visible which are necessary to create these highly complex artworks which are usually called naive art in the Colombian context.


S.M.: Can you tell us more about the series “Threads of Selves”, which you are going to exhibit at WE DEY x space?

S.U.: It is a series of my bodies in different situations and moments I have experienced. You can see me in very powerful positions, flexing into all directions throwing knives towards my surroundings but also in more calm in melancholic moments, lying around in my bed on an island. On one image I am embracing another body, we flow into each other and thereby create a new body of fragmented bits and pieces. Right now I am working on a new piece for the exhibition which will show me in a position I learned for healing traumas. You lie on your back and lift your pelvis until it starts shaking by itself. This movement is very common also for some animals like rabbits, that after the moment of danger and shock has passed they start trembling all over their body to release the anxiety and fear. Humans usually do not do this, so the trauma might stay within their body forever. My images are my own way of storytelling and making my insides visible.

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S.M.: You are planning a workshop named “Stitching Stories” which will focus on collective textile painting making. Can you tell us who the workshop is for and what you are imagining as a possible outcome?

S.U.: The workshop with be exclusively for Black People and People of Color. And as a possible outcome I wish to manifest ourselves into a material form, while connecting what was meant to stay separate. While stitching we will talk, relax and meditate on what it feels like to inhabit our bodies and how we navigate ourselves through our everyday life. I will provide all material necessary. There will be drinks and snacks. The workshop is for free. All skills are welcome.

More details on Facebook
Please send us an email to register for the workshop:
And please be on time ♥

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S.M.: Where & how was your work presented before and what did you like about it/ what would you want to be different this time at WE DEY x space? What are your expectations?

S.U.: Until now my work was presented in informal everyday life settings of my home or of friends. I wouldn’t mind if bigger institutions would invite me to do a solo show, since i still depend on their capital (resources, prestige, networks, cash). Still, I would not expect the audience to identify with my works or be touched on an emotional level. I am sorry to say that in Vienna the big institutions are still white ones, that also attract a white audience with their own white reality. Since my images deal with my body which is outside of  the white eurocentric norms, I think the gap will be too big to feel what I feel in my works, but of course I am open for surprises and even hope that my works can create connections where there were none before.

As WE DEY is a self-organized space by black and people of color I also hope for an audience of Black and People of Color. I am the most happy when I feel understood and I really hope that this will happen with people who share some of my experiences as a Woman of Color.

S.M.: We have focused previously on the topic Self Care at WE DEY x SPACE- I would be very interested in knowing what does radical self care mean to you? Did you work before with this particular focus?

S.U.: The process of creating, feeling my body and recognizing myself in Others is what radical self care means to me. This can be writing a letter to my ass and designing free posters with a portrait of me embracing my butt and the love messages I feel for my body. This is what I did in my other work called “culo con orgullo”.  Connected to this work I also did a writing workshop, where all the participants wrote love letters to one of their body parts, then we exchanged the letters and another person answered from the perspective of the addressed body part. It was a very intense, funny and healing experience for all of us.

S.M.: Thank you Sophie Utikal I am looking forward to your Vernissage this Thursday 12th of October!

Sunanda Mesquita
Co-founder of WE DEY