As you might know, the contract for x SPACE was extended for three more years in the very last moment! To keep x SPACE going we need your support!

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Taking the time to reflect on everything that has been formed in the last two years, we are planning to come back with new and adjusted offerings after a short break, in winter 2019/2020. Because organising x space has brought us a lot of joy, but also brought us close to burning out – we want to shift our focus towards individual and collective self-preservation and wellbeing.

Over the course of the last two years we facilitated and hosted over 50 events that centered Queer/Trans/Inter/Non-Binary/Femmes Black/Indigenous/People of Color!

We received a small percentage of the public funding that we applied for and it was spend entirely to keep the space running, to pay travel expenses, production costs and small fees for artists & guests who took part in the events, exhibitions, residencies.

Future x SPACE/WE DEY: 

We are so grateful for all the amazing events that happened in the last 2 years, for all of you who shared your love and knowledge with us! We decided to continue x space but we will shift from public events towards smaller and more intimate sessions.

After the break x SPACE will continue to host monthly Trans*screenings and weekly Pilates Classes by Shayma and much more. 

WE DEY will continue to focus it`s work on BIPoC queer/trans/inter/non-binary/women/femmes in the form of WE DEY x SPACE – shared studio spaces, events, barber pop-ups, and collaborations such as the WE DEY healing in residency.

WE DEY x SPACE will deepen the focus on individual and collective healing for BIPoCs and in order to do so we are in need of your financial support to be able to organise, host and invite local and international QTI/BIPoC healers, body practitioners and teachers!

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How to support WE DEY x SPACE:

  • HELP US PAY OUT RENT- support us financially via monthly peer support. contact us via we.dey.in@gmail.com for more information and our bank details. 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT HERE

 Thank you!

@we_dey

 

 

 

After a short break we are finally sharing pictures from our WE DEY eXit party on the 30th of April  ❤

 

Thanks to everyone who came through! it was so great to see all of our events and all the people who were part of our journey over the last 2 years spread all around the walls of X space! an evening full of hugs, words of care, gratitude and love 🙌🏾 thanks to everybody who co-organised, participated in the exhibitions and events that happened at #wedeyxspace thanks to everyone who helped us through out this beautiful journey-

WE SEE YOU
thanks to XANA who came all the way from London and Vienna based Mzamo of Bicha Boo Collective for playing the tunes that moved our bodies all night ❤
#bpocartspacevienna #collectivehealing #followyourdreams #qtpoc #qpoc #cutiebpoclove #letgoandgrow

we dey moveArrival: 18:30
Doors close: 19.00 (sharp!)
End: 22:00

We invite Black/Indigenous/People of Color who self-define as Women/Trans/Non-Binary/Inter/Femmes to come together for a healing dance experience ♥

We want to create a collective & safe(r) dance space without small talk – actually no verbal interactions all together 🙂

A place you can come to, on your own or with other BIPoCs ♥
dress up or dress down- wear something comfortable to shake your bodies for three hours!

Let go of our tensions, let’s just move our bodies!

Please register via: we.dey.in(at)gmail.com !! There is only limited space!

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Guidelines:
* we want to create an inclusive dance experience that welcomes you with everything you embody!
* lets create a non – judgmental space: move the way your body tells you! Everybody focuses on themselves and their bodies!
* sober party- no alcohol no drugs!
* no shoes, no talk, no pics/videos ♥

Invitation policy:
Black/Indigenous/People of Color that self-define as Women/Trans/Non-Binary/Inter/Femmes ♥!

Entry:
Donations are welcome- all of the donations will go towards paying the djs and the drinks/snacks ♥

Line up:

XANA (UK)

Mzamo Jama of BICHA BOO COLLECTIVE (VIE/BER)

organised by Nimmersatt Su and Ade Kazeem
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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.

mzamo movement wsMzamo Jama Nondlwana’s last movement workshop at WE DEY x SPACE ♥ ♥ ♥
Write us an email, if you want to attend: we.dey.in@gmail.com. ♥

This a space centering queer/ trans*/inter/non-binary people but all BIPoCs are welcome!

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’.

limited spaces available so please sign up via our email adress!

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 it’s a great opportunity to look back at all the amazing events that happened in WE DEY x SPACE since its opening in May 2017! Lets come together for this last month- we have a great program ♥

BPOC * DANCE * HEALING * MOVEMENT * TOGETHERNESS *
* Body. Love. Movement! BIPoC Dance Workshop by Mzamo Nondlwana: 20th of April 13.30-17.00
https://www.facebook.com/events/2205107029806572/
SIGN UP PLZ via we.dey.in(at)gmail.com

* BPOC WE DEY move event: 27th of April 19.00-22.00
https://www.facebook.com/events/406484626849379/
SIGN UP PLZ via we.dey.in(at)gmail.com

PARTY * CELEBRATION * OPEN TO ALL
* WE DEY eXit SPACE PARTY: 30th of April 18.00-?
https://www.facebook.com/events/406860873450481/

Our closing party with live performances by XANA (UK) and many more – we will celebrate all that has been in the last 2 years and look forward to everything that will come up next!

ONGOING
* BIPOC Mental Health Circle with Wir sind auch Wien
* Weekly BIPoC Queer Barber Pop Up with Nimmersatt Su
* Pilates Class by Betül Seyma Küpeli
* Bi-weekly BPoC Yin Yoga with Gigi Mayala

Hope to see you all ♥

pedra Kopie“THE SOUTHERN ASS STUDIES” by Pêdra Costa
11th – 14th of April 2019

We are excited to announce Pêdra Costa’s first solo exhibition curated by Jota Mombaça at WE DEY x SPACE.

Rethinking the dynamics of the world from the perspective of The Southern Ass demands a radical reframing of what a body really represents in a world consisting of a misdistribution of violence, brutal binarism and racializing assemblages. Here, we view it from below, and, thus, we read the socius in its density, framing both the breaches of the system and the ways the system reproduces itself.

Pêdra Costa’s trajectory is one of a radical commitment to the questions that their work entails, since these are not mere topics of investigation, but places in which their own body and their communities can make room to grow and unfold their own critical apparatus. The ass and, therefore, the anal becomes a force which is both conceptual as well as embodied.

The Southern Ass Studies, the first solo show by Pêdra Costa, is an attempt at drawing a “situated overview” of the emergence of this field of studies, utilizing their body of work as an emblematic archive for this process. The de_colon_isation series, as well as previous works (such as Verarschung and Solange, tô aberta!), lie at the core of the exhibition’s narrative, which also consists of gathered text fragments, (mis)translations and invisible forces.

About the artist:
Berlin based Pêdra Costa (Brazil, 1978) works with her body, presenting Performance Art, making videos and writing, using complex and fragmented epistemologies from queer communities, being contaminated by knowledge almost completely destroyed by the colonial project and remembering radical caring against the lack of opportunities of living. They engages the political aesthetics of post-porn and anti-colonial strategies. They faces failure every day, transforming failure into creative force, in connection with mixed and forgotten ancestralities.

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* VERNISSAGE:
11th of April 6-10pm
dj set by Bicha Boo Collective

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OPENING HOURS:
12.04 – 5pm-8pm
13.04 – 5pm-9pm Artist Talk at 6pm

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FINISSAGE:
14th of April 5pm -10pm
dj set by Bicha Boo Collective
food and drinks

fb event pic: by Szu Zach
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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 Color

WE DEY x space aims to center marginalised voices, perspectives, knowledges and experiences from different diasporas

WE DEY x space will host exhibitions, workshops, kitchen table talks and film screenings around the topics of decolonial art production, community, self-care, empowerment.

Last 2 BPoC Self Care Day for Women*/Non-Binary/Trans*/Inter/Femmes at WE DEY x SPACE ♥
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* Sonntag, 24. März 2019; 15:00 – 18:00
Self Care Sunday x Healing Session with Tobi Nicole Adebajo

Collective healing is a language of conversation that is infinite and urgent. When black and brown folx come together with honest intentions, for whatever reason/s – the results can be beautiful and transformative. This is why we invite you to Self-care Sunday – because caring for the self does not have to mean isolation.
Spiritual and emotional health is not enough a part of our daily considerations as it should be – especially as BiPOC – This space aims to unpack this. Serving as a preparatory time that can help us consider the many ways we can make our spiritual practices symbiotic with our ever evolving lives.

Formulating answers to questions such as what does blessings mean to each of us? and how we can manifest that through our varying routines?
We will gather with the clear intention of creating practical, useful, decolonial and ancestrally rooted approaches to guide us on our journey/s towards healing & existing intentionally.

You are invited to bring along with you (optionally) a piece of writing that you would like to share in a safe space with like minded folx, a white item, some shells, an item that holds a lot of meaning to / for you

Writing materials will be provided – although it is welcomed and perfectly understandable if you already have your individual journals/books for ritualistic introspection.

About the facilitator:
Tobi Nicole Adebajo is a community-focused Queer, Non- Binary Activist, Educator, Hair Stylist, Parent, Poet, Performer, Singer, Writer & Yoruba Spiritual Practitioner who works with prowess – centring their work on the depths and nuances of topics such as queer love, politics, g(end)er & Yoruba culture.
They’ve performed and shared works and projects in various venues around Nigeria & Europe, continuing to create pieces that resonate with many.

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To our invitation policy:
These events are specifically for Black/Brown/of Color Women*/Non-Binary/Trans*/Inter/Femmes! Please don’t assume anyones gender identity or pronouns – ask everyone for their preferred pronouns.

Cis Men (means men who were assigned male at birth and identify with it) and white people are not invited to our BPoC SelfCare Sundays.
♥ If you want to support WE DEY, please do that by supporting us financially and coming to events which are open to the public ♥

Accessibility: 
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.

Samstag, 23. März 2019; 15:00 – 18:00
(sign up via mail – we.dey.in@gmail.com)

Invitation policy: For Black People! All genders are welcome but it is a safe space for QTIBPOC ♥

x salon

This session will be shaped by the attendees and their hair care needs!

It is open to all who have afro textured hair with an interest in learning what DIY means for our hair. We will be introducing our natural hair, discussing ‘problems’ with wearing natural hair, the importance of exposure and common misconceptions about natural hair.
Unpacking trauma that lack of access to safe, consistent hair care routines/providers can create. Learning what protective hairstyling means and what it can look like. Learning how to comb/detangle natural hair of all textures PAINLESSLY!
Beginning to Understand the language/s needed to get into healthy conversation with your hair/your child’s hair

Accessing a variety of hair care products and samples that could be suitable for your hair type. Learning how to do rope twists/braids that can be styled with much versatility.

About the facilitator:
Tobi Nicole Adebajo is a community-focused Queer, Non- Binary Activist, Educator, Hair Stylist, Parent, Poet, Performer, Singer, Writer & Yoruba Spiritual Practitioner who works with prowess – centring their work on the depths and nuances of topics such as queer love, politics, g(end)er & Yoruba culture.
They’ve performed and shared works and projects in various venues around Nigeria & Europe, continuing to create pieces that resonate with many.

about x SALON
https://www.facebook.com/events/604024266735926/

x SALON brings together different creative positions that address the topic of hair and culture in a very broad sense. The everyday, the vernacular, the intimate and the personal find space in this installation.

x SALON is curated by Janine Jembere and Abiona Esther Ojo

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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 Color

WE DEY x space aims to center marginalised voices, perspectives, knowledges and experiences from different diasporas

WE DEY x space will host exhibitions, workshops, kitchen table talks and film screenings around the topics of decolonial art production, community, self-care, empowerment.

x SPACE is transformed into x SALON for 10 Days.

Timetable:

* Donnerstag, 14. März 2019; 18:00 – 22:00
Salon Opening – open to all!
Live Performance by Enesi M.
DJ Set by eenyonam from BB
https://www.facebook.com/events/604024266735926/

* Mittwoch, 20. März 2019; 15:00 – 20:00
Black Barber Pop Up by Tobi Nicole Adebajo and @braids_vienna – for Black Folx only

* Samstag, 23. März 2019; 15:00 – 18:00
Black D.I.Y. Hair Workshop by Tobi Nicole Adebajo (sign up via mail – we.dey.in@gmail.com) – for Black Folx only
https://www.facebook.com/events/2238474479804207/

* Samstag, 23. März 2019; 19:00 – 22:00
Salon Closing – open to all!
with food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere

* Sonntag, 24. März 2019; 15:00 – 18:00 – for BIPoC Women*/Non-Binary/Trans*/Inter/Femmes
Self Care Sunday x Healing Session with Tobi Nicole Adebajo
https://www.facebook.com/events/378083712746888/

we dey x salon
about x SALON

x SALON brings together different creative positions that address the topic of hair and culture in a very broad sense. The everyday, the vernacular, the intimate and the personal find space in this installation.

It is inspired by Kerry James Marshalls painting “School of Beauty, School of Culture”.
Just like the painting, which depicts a thriving, vivid, black owned hair salon, we celebrate black beauty and culture and encourage black subjects to claim their style.

With x SALON we open up a space to gather, talk, share and care, heal, enjoy and re-treat.

x SALON is your favourite hair salon, your best friends living room and a place to learn and celebrate your style.

with:
Tobi Nicole Adebajo
@braids_vienna
Teresa Batagraphia
Enesi M.
eenyonam from B&B
Terisha Harris
Abiona Esther Ojo

x SALON is curated by Janine Jembere and Abiona Esther Ojo

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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 Color

WE DEY x space aims to center marginalised voices, perspectives, knowledges and experiences from different diasporas

WE DEY x space will host exhibitions, workshops, kitchen table talks and film screenings around the topics of decolonial art production, community, self-care, empowerment.

In conversation with Parissima Taheri – Maynard
‘Sunanda Mesquita for WE DEY

parissima

How would you like to be introduced to someone who doesn’t know you yet?

Hi my name is Parissima, I’m Vienniese, half Bahamian and quarter Iranian 🙂 I’m a minority mental health advocate training in clinical psychology here in Vienna. I am Viennese, I’m a woman of colour.

How would you position yourself within the frame of psychology? Are there projects/community projects/professionals in general that inspire you to do the work you do?

As I mentioned I want to specialise in minority mental health as I think it is a field that does not get enough attention in Austria – in a lack of psychological culturally- sensitive practice as well as in research and theory. I love what Therapy for Black Girls is doing in the USA and it was a big inspiration when I started – a directory of mental health professionals of colour for everyone to find someone they may feel comfortable opening up to. I realised I couldn’t actually find enough mental health professionals of colour in Vienna to actually put on a database, so I decided to create a space for it. I also lead a mental and social health project with young refugees which was my first actual work experience in the field of minority mental health and just pushed my motivation harder. Another experience I made was in a work-placement at an Eating DIsorder Clinic where I work in the diagnostic phase however not in further ongoing treatment. Various women of colour clients particularly asked me if I can be their psychologist for the next part of their treatment, because I “looked like them”. It made me recognise the urge that many of us share to open up to people where we assume they share a general experience with us, even if that’s being a minority in a “white” country. We criticize “colour-blindness” in all forms of society, yet we still accept that psychology in this country is considered to be colour-blind and that filtering professionals by these details is unnecessary. I strongly disagree and want to offer the opportunity to those who may think like me and feel they want or need that.

Can you tell us a little bit about your project “Wir sind auch Wien” – “We too are Vienna”? And what role community plays in your practice in general?

I created Wir sind auch Wien out of the motivation to create a platform for minority mental health for BPOCs in various different forms. It started as a facebook page where I share articles, motivational memes, thoughts, etc. for the community, but will increasingly also offer workshops, lectures and sit downs, etc. for the community to take part in if they want. I want to bring openness about mental health to the community and allow us to bond over something we all have and feel on a spectrum in everyday life. I want to counteract the strong taboo connected to speaking about our mental health and our worries, and provide the knowledge and theory so that everyone can know and understand what they are going through. It is important to me to also collectively decolonise our thinking about psychology, healing and mental health and remember that sharing and healing together is an indigenous key strategy while the idea of having to suffer in silence is something new, learned and dangerous. Within the framework I also want to, and invite others to, add to minority mental health research here in Austria. In the future I also want to supply certified psychological diagnostics and treatment to the community, as well as support bringing more minorities into the field through trainings, internships, etc.

We were really excited to receive your proposal for our Open Call- as we have been talking about mental health for a while and have been discussing the lack of access to BIPoC therapists in Vienna. What sparked your interest in applying for the Open Call at WE DEY x SPACE?

I loved reading the open call and what you are doing. I was looking for something like We Dey for most of my life here in Vienna, so it already spoke to me on that level. I did realise that the focus was mainly on art, however, and due to the fact that I was not an artist I wasn’t sure how to best get involved. Still, I decided why not reach out with my idea. In the worst case you won’t have space for it but will know someone or someplace that might. I was so excited to hear your reaction to my application and how necessary you too found what I was trying to offer. It strengthened my idea so much, feeling that what I was missing was also being missed by other members of the community and would be appreciated.

Can you tell us more about your project “Mental Health and WellBeing as BIPoC in Vienna” which you are planning together with Esther Ojo at WE DEY x space? Is it still open for BIPoCs to join?

My idea was to create a regular meeting with people within the community focused on BPOC mental health – literally in any form desired. We had a first kind of “information evening” session in January and about 15 amazing, open, genuine and authentic BPOCs came ready to start a regular conversation about mental health. I introduced myself and had some surveys and questionnaires that showed really precise trends. Almost all in the group have seeked mental health support before, all are very aware of their own mental health and its struggles, and, luckily, almost all of them claimed they are able to openly speak about their mental health at home with friends or/and family. The results surprised me, this is obviously not a very representative outcome when looking at the whole population, and specifically at minority populations. It’s wonderful to start our first regular sessions with a group that is quite homogenous in its approach to mental health, and who all already have a lot of knowledge and self-reflection. I do hope that after this group more BPOCs get in touch to whom this topic may be more of a burden or who may have more inhibitions concerning speaking about mental health, who perhaps do not have the possibility or the dynamics set up to speak about this in their personal life and who didn’t show up immediately at the first offered opportunity. I hope to reach them too. At the moment we are setting up the first closed group that we seem to have about 15 members for, so unless many don’t take part in the last minute I will not take in any more members, but there will absolutely be more groups so anyone who wants can just facebook message me and I’ll keep them posted.

I really like the idea that the sessions are in a Do-It-Together format and that the participants can actively co-create the circumstances of the sessions -the frequency as well as the content- is that a common form or did you try something new?

The idea came from the fact that I want to come at these mental health circles in an informal way. This is not a replacement to any form of psychological treatment or group therapy and I too have a lot to learn from what the community really requires and needs. I did not want to set up anything just based on what I feel is missing, I wanted to better understand what the community wanted for communal healing and collective care. A lot of our first information meeting was that – discussing options of what we can do with the regular space We Dey was offering us. Within this first group the answers were quite clear and we decided on these mental health circles every 2 weeks for 3 hours with one fixed group that stays the same in order to support trust and care. In a questionnaire that listed various different topics the 10-most-circled topics were chosen as the themes for the 10 sessions. It’s interesting to note that “race related stress” was circled by every single member. I decided to divide that subject into two sessions – external (discrimination, …) and internal (identity, …). It was voted that all sessions will be a mixture of theory provided by me and lots of sharing and discussing experiences and tips to best deal So for this group, thats how this will look! I am excited to hold another information session with new people and determine what context they’d get the most out of.

What´s you approach to creating these spaces of healing across all differences -race, class, experiences, ability, gender identity and sexuality- within the BIPoC community?

One of the highlights of creating Wir sind auch Wien was being invited by the Center of Intersectional Justice in Berlin to their Community Open Space last year. There I was able to meet activists from all over Europe and we created an environment where different people held workshops about topics vital to them and we were able to choose what workshops to take part in. I invited whoever was interested to join a workshop on collective healing, where I was able to speak to a group of people across a range of racial, sexual, socio-economic identities as well as people with different disabilities about what they require to heal collectively on a psychological level. The conversation was incredibly interesting and emotional, and had a great impact in how much I want to underline intersectionality in my work, and how I believe absolutely everyone, no matter what field they work and move around in, should do the same. Just becoming more aware of what people with various overlapping experiences confront and feel is the first step of being able to offer support.

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

Thanks so much for supporting my work and offering me the space to bring my ideas together with the community!!!

Thank you so much! ❤