- Future of WE DEY x SPACE- the last 2 months
Most of you know already that by the end of April 2019 the lease for WE DEY x SPACE at Kandlgasse 24 will expire. It is hard for us to see WE DEY x SPACE (in this form) coming to an end, but there is so much to still see and experience! Lets celebrate together the last two months of WE DEY x SPACE as we know it!!
The last two years have been amazing and I am extremely thankful for all the people I met and so many things that I learned during the process. But it also meant a lot of work that I and the WE DEY collective would not be able to continue in this precarious situation. Out of all the public funding we applied for, we only received a single one (!) covering about 10% of our actual costs. We were able to pay rent because of generous donations from family, friends and community members. But all the time, love and thought that went into the Open Call, programming, administration and running of the space went unpaid which we cannot keep it up any longer. We tried to find ways of anti-capitalist organising so that we could balance the fact that we only have little funding for travel and production costs that goes to the invited artists and organisers with love and care of hosting them at the queer housing project of TürkisRosaLilaVilla. We want to create safer spaces for the artists in residence and are grateful for all the local and international QTI/BIPoCs that still participate without getting paid.
Even after the end of x SPACE, WE DEY will continue to focus on questions of how can we create spaces for art and knowledge production while at the same time survive the capitalist white supremacist reality in Vienna? How can we create safer spaces for QTI/BIPoC`s and share knowledge and utopian ideas?
- Programm until end of lease April 2019
Let’s enjoy the time we have left and come together for a group exhibition WE DEY x SALON curated by Esther Ojo and Janine Jembere, solo shows by Pêdra Costa & Jota Mombaça, workshops and empowerment sessions by Maisha Auma, Paola Bacchetta and Fatima El-Tayeb, a tattoo residency by Tattoo it Louder, a Body. Love. Movement! BIPoC Dance Workshop by Mzamo Nondlwana and a healing circle by Tobi Adebajo. Of course our ongoing projects such as our bi-weekly BIPoC Yin Yoga class by Geneviève, weekly BIPoC/Queer Barber Pop Up and Pilates Class by Betül, our last two Self Care Sundays for and by Black/Brown/Indigenous/of Color Women*/Non-Binary/Trans*/Inter/Femmes and BIPOC Mental Health Circle with Parissima will also continue until we have to leave x SPACE.
On the 30th of April we will say goodbye to our beloved X SPACE with a closing party with live performances by XANA and many more!