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.

 

 

  1. Guided Meditation for BPoC: Tuesday, 13 November 2018 from 18:30-20:00
  2. Guided Meditation for Women* & Nonbinary who are Black / Asian / Rrom_nja / IndígenX*: 14 November 2018 from 08:30-10:30

We Dey x Space, Kandlgasse 24, 1070 Wien

There is no registration needed. Please join on time! Joining in late is not possible.

What you need: loose, wide and comfortable clothing, a mat or thick blanket to sit on, a thin blanket to cover during the relaxation, and if possible a pillow to put under your buttocks.

A private (closed) session with Noah Sow

• Costs: Give what you can/like/want. Apart from that we welcome fruit / nuts / sunshine / smiling – as you wish and feel like.
• Language: The class will take place in English spoken language.
• For whom: One closed session is for BPoC of all genders and one Women*/Trans/Inter/Nonbinary who are Black / Asian / Rrom_nja / IndígenX* .

We need to compensate a lot in daily life. This class presents relaxing rituals which can be helpful to overcome day-to-day life challenges, hardships and struggles.
Conventional Yoga classes unfortunately often don’t contribute to our well-being. Unlike it is understood in the west through a colonised approach, Yoga is a highly effective system that primarily uses meditation and breathing techniques to bring the body mind and soul in alignment when practiced regularly. Through that it can be a useful tool for our mental and physical balance (and -optionally- also spirituality). During this session we will learn and practice how to balance the nervous system by techniques which can then be integrated in our daily life to provide relief and prevent activist burnout.

♥ ‘Sportiness’ / ‘Fitness’ is not necessary for this class! ♥ The exercises will be performed while sitting or laying down!

Teacher:
Noah Sow is an author, lecturer, artist and activist. She has been at the forefront of Germany’s anti-racism and empowerment movements for 25 years. Noah is also an India-trained meditation and yoga teacher and therapist. She constantly continues her own training and study in Vedantic teachings, Yoga and Hatha Yoga.

FAQ:

– Do I need to know or like “Yoga” if I want to join this session?
No.

– Will I have to twist myself? Will I be out of breath? Is this exhausting?
No, all exercises will be performed while sitting down and are doable for people who experience pain or have impairments. It is also possible to do the exercises while sitting on a chair. We will mostly do breathing and guided meditation.

– Do I need a yoga mat?
If you need a mat – please let us know in advance!

– I already know that I won’t be arriving on time…?
We are sorry but maybe you can join next time. Please be on time and participate only if you can stay for the entire session. Tranquility is important for the vibe and we’ll lock the doors on time. Thanks!

– Is this religious? / Is this compatible with my belief or religion?
Yoga is not a religion per se. It is a cultural tradition that embraces all religions and can be practiced with or without (specific or unspecific) belief and spirituality. Yogi_nis come in all sorts of religious backgrounds: Hindu, Muslim, Sufi, Agnostic, Taoist, Christian, and more. As a matter of fact, Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) contain some elements of Yoga, as Yoga is much older than them.

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.

 

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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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Threads of Selves” by Sophie Utikal

12th October- 29th October 2017 @ WE DEY x SPACE

 

WE DEY is proud to present Sophie Utikal’s first solo show. In her series “Threads of Selves” she transforms woven stories of her experiences and thoughts into stunning textile works. Her full body selfportraits aim to show a self confident, empowered woman of color healing herself from trauma. By tapping into generations of knowledge of textile storytelling she finds a way to release anxieties and fears while aiming to empower not only herself but other Women* of Color who share experiences of fighting back against white supremacy.

curated by Sunanda Mesquita (co-founder of WE DEY)

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VERNISSAGE: “Threads of Selves” – 12th October at 6pm
LINE UP
by Ebow
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EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS:
(the artist will be present)
18.10- 6-9pm
19.10 6-9pm
26.10 6-9pm
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BPoC WORKSHOP: “Stitching Stories”
22th of October 2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/227450984451756
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FINISSAGE:
29th October 6pm: doors open
6.30pm: Presentation of “Stitching Stories”


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Sophie Utikal (*1987 Tallahassee, Florida). Is now studying with Ashley Hans Scheirl, Gin Müller and Ruby Sircar at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She likes to work collectively on issues related to her own experiences. Departing from her own body, she tries to translate her experiences into words and images introducing a new possible order to them. It is about the reconstruction of the self. What seemed lost? What is possible in the future?

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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 ColorWE DEY x space aims to center marginalised voices, perspectives, knowledges and experiences from different diasporasWE DEY x space will host exhibitions, workshops, kitchen table talks and film screenings around the topics of decolonial art production, community, self-care, empowerment.
pics by Magdalena Fischer

WE DEY x space is a self – organised art space in Vienna dedicated to amplify the art and culture production of Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black People/People of Color. WE DEY aims to centre marginalised voices, perspectives, knowledge(s) and experiences from different Diasporas. WE DEY x space hosts exhibitions, workshops, kitchen table talks and film screenings around the topics of decolonial art production, community, self-care and empowerment.