WE DEY: Annual Program 2018/19

In the beginning of 2018 WE DEY X SPACE announced its first Open Call for projects. We invited 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 and knowledge production, community, self-care and empowerment.

We were overwhelmed by the amount and quality of proposals we received from all over the world, projects that center Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black People/People of Color and focus on utopian notions of community, belonging, healing and body politics. We thank all the artists & collectives who put so much time and thought into their proposals! Thank you all for affirming our vision on how important it is to self-organise and to continue creating a space for art and knowledge production by Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black People/People of Color.

We are looking forward to what is coming up until May 2019 (when the lease for WE DEY x space will expire): exhibitions by Nicole Suzuki, WE DEY kültür gemma! fellow Lydia Nsiah, NueNua AKA Ama Josephine Budge, Rudy Loewe, HAIR (Esther Ojo & Terisha Harris), Pêdra Costa& Jota Mombaça and @decolonial_killjoy, workshops and empowerment sessions by Noah Sow, Maisha Auma, Paola Bacchetta and Fatima El-Tayeb, filmscreenings curated by Nine Yamamoto, healing circle by Liaam Iman and of course our ongoing projects. Keep yourself posted on our website: WE-DEY.IN and on Facebook & Instagram.

We would like to thank the WE DEY collective for all their unrelentless effort, time, energy, love and care! Thanks to Jaqueline Ejiji, Esther Abiona Ojo, Janine Jembere, Nicole Suzuki, Amoako Boafo, and all of you who supported us within the past year and who continue to do so in the years to come! Despite the fact that we did receive hardly any public funding we managed to continue the fight for self-determined spaces for BPoC’s in Vienna because of all of you!

xoxo,

Sunanda Mesquita & Sushila Mesquita for WE DEY

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What you can do to support WE DEY:
* Financial support to pay our rent and bills, production costs for exhibitions, transport costs for artists & artist residencies, our publications,…

* Help us find a new space! As our lease will expire in May 2019, we are looking for new affordable spaces to continue our project

* Donate material to our Archive! Our longterm vision is to create an WE DEY Archive containing herstories of BPoC resistance in Vienna through community engagement and decolonial queer feminist approaches to archiving.

 

 

BPoC-Empowerment-Workshop mit Noah Sow (for Black students & lecturers and students & lectures of Color) :
13. November 2018 / 15:00 – 18:00
We Dey x Space, Kandlgasse 24, 1070 Wien
Anmeldung: sushila.mesquita@univie.ac.at

Keep the fire burning: How to build structures of continuity in our intersectional art, activism and queer-intersectional knowledge production
Every new wave of activists find themselves in the same dilemma: How to act passionately while avoiding burnout? How to create new movements while acknowledging and learning from those who have paved the way before us?

In the marginalized and often criminalized field of work that is activism for social equality, the resources are dramatically scarce. Oftentimes, not much thought,
effort and energy seems to be left to take care of the movement & historiography and continuity. In this workshop we will discuss creative and traditional ways to build structures of continuity in our own intersectional art, activism and knowledge production.

Noah Sow is a recording, performing and conceptual artist, theorist, lecturer and best selling author. Her work focuses on survival, autonomy, critical analysis of societal norms and empowerment.