Teju Adisa-Farrar is a writer/poet/performance artist and urban geographer. Her interdisciplinary work is produced from the research she does on geographies of Blackness, queering Blackness, transnational activism, city culture initiated and experienced by people of African descent and other post-colonial communities. Teju integrates socio-historical writing, poetry, movement, community collaboration and subjectivity to explore the realities of Blackness and post-capitalist futures in Euro-North American urban contexts.

She will offer two workshops in the X Space. And do a performance plus Q+A at the Closing Reception on thursday night.


Workshop 1 [July 10th, 4pm]: [Black] Womyn on Happiness and Hedonism
Open to persons who identify as womyn of African descent and/or as Black womyn

While there are often discussions of Black/African womyn being strong and resilient and/or sexual beings for consumption, we do not often talk about what brings us joy, what makes us happy, and how we find pleasure in the places that we inhabit. How do we understand and express our many layered selves through reflecting on happiness and hedonism in all the geographies we are apart of?

Workshop 2 [July 11th, 4pm] : Transnational Diaspora Affirmations
Open to persons of who identify as being part of a postcolonial diaspora and/or persons of color.

“Transnational Diaspora Affirmations” is a project that asks artists and activists from the diaspora for affirmations they have for their comrades in other parts of the world. It is a way to say we see you, while at the same time decentralize American-centrism and Eurocentrism to create a transnational diasporic perspective of mutual resistance and transnational solidarity in the diaspora

Closing Reception [12 July, 6pm] TBD
Open to everyone
Reading and Presentation from Teju Adisa-Farrar about her work and her future projects. Afterward her performance we can have a discussion and do Q&A.
Finally we can have some drinks and listen to music and relax!

In conversation with Khaleb Brooks- Sunanda Mesquita for WE DEY

“Rememory: Ritual Blackness and Beyond” by Khaleb Brooks
14th of June – 30th of June 2018

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We are excited to welcome Khaleb Brooks for a two weeks art residency & solo exhibition at WE DEY x SPACE.

Khaleb Brooks is a multi- media artist whose work is founded on research of ancestral knowledge and oral histories. Through painting, sculpture and photography Khaleb explores the role of memory in disrupting ideologies that maintain time as linear and fixed. By reviving ancestral cosmologies, creating assemblages of fragmented identities and engaging with generational trauma he seeks to re- imagine the notions of progress embedded in colonial and capitalist histories. The solo exhibition “Rememory: Ritual Blackness and Beyond” deals with thoughts and concepts of blackness as ritual and spaces of non- being as well as attempts to transcend these spaces.

30th of June 6pm -10pm

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How would you introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know you or your art works yet?

I am a collector of found objects and forgotten information. Rusted metal and dry rotted wood, homemade zines, colonial maps, footage of laughter in the Andes, hand drums, rusted lunch boxes, Tibetan prayer flags, other people’s trash and outdated encyclopedias. They are not always straightforward or clear representations, but are stories. They are memories mapping histories, geographies and identities. They complicate time. This is what drives me. I have learned to listen a bit harder. To piece together not just what is said but to include cracked skin on tired hands and the glow of candles at midnight. I am determined to (re)document moments that have layers slowly peeling away, encompassing a variety of worlds yet to be seen. I am determined to not just capture them, but to let them speak for themselves.

I’m a black, transgender, AFAB, punk kid from the southside of Chicago. I’m an artist that doesn’t see my work as seperate from my politics. In Baldwin’s words, “The poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Statesmen don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only poets.” My work is an attempt at an honest understanding of myself with hopes of contributing to a greater understanding of who we all are.

How would you position yourself in the art world? Do you feel any connection to current or past people or movements (also outside the art world)?

I’m an outsider when it comes to the art world. Which on one hand is a perk as I don’t have to aspire to be included in a canon that wasn’t meant for me in the first place. On the other hand the institutional support, or lack thereof, directly affects my ability to make work. I’m at a stalemate really, having to grapple with a market I’m not interested in just for my work to be undervalued. When it comes to movements, I’m most inspired by liberatory struggles, the Black Panthers, Zapatistas and Afrofuturism. And when it comes to people, writers such as Toni Morrison, Baldwin, Achille Mbembe, Fred Moten, Sadiyah Hartman and Yrsa Daley- Ward continue to affect my feelings about the world and my place in it. Artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Sun Mu, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Ren Hang, Njideka Akunyili Crosby are my current inspirations and have laid the groundwork for any future success I may have.


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Can you tell us more about the series you are going to exhibit at WE DEY x space and what interests you in showing your works in this specific context of WE DEY x SPACE in Vienna?

The works I’m exhibiting all have an underlying thread of ritual processes. They are ultimately concerned with blackness as ritual, spaces of non- being and attempting to transcend that space. Works from the Summoning Spirits series will be featured as well as a painting of writer and presenter Emma Dabiri and writer/ model Yrsa Daley- Ward. The painting of Emma Dabiri speaks to the complexities of black hair, as I attempt to exemplify both it’s beauty and political implications through a collage of materials. Hair, our attitudes toward it and the processes in which we attempt to tame it, let it free, style it, run from it and embrace it greatly influenced the piece. The work of Yrsa Daley- Ward, emerging storyteller and actress, is a recognition of how personal narratives in themselves can be a platform. How can the rituals that keep us alive, thriving and whole affect the lives of others? How do memories, collective memory, secrets and the seemingly mundane transform us? These are the questions writers like Yrsa are answering in their work, this is what I want to capture. The term ‘rememory’ in the title of the show is a direct reference Toni Morrison’s use of the word in her novel Beloved.

WE DEY x space is truly the first of its kind, in my lifetime at least. A collective and gallery space that specifically shows and supports Queer poc artists!? Who would have thought! And it is no coincidence that my second solo show, and first in a gallery, would be in this type of space. WEY DEY x is a space created by Queer/ Trans POC artists for Queer/ Trans POC artists. It is a safe space where I can show my work, get feedback and develop projects with like minded individuals. As someone who falls into the emerging artist category having a show in a space like this is ideal. I can engage with my practice without having to worry about institutional racism and transphobic perceptions.

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What sparked your interest in reviving what has been forgotten- how do you link your art to ancestral memory and what outcomes do you imagine?


An interest in forgotten information was sparked by my own family. Secrets, fears, dreams and genealogies were a staple in my childhood. I’ll never forget when I learned the name Amos Taggert during a conversation with my grandmother about how she monitored my mum for schizophrenia. He was the Irishman that raped my great grandmother Rita Mae Bell when she was 13, and had my grandfather as a result. She is still alive, and has been in a mental institution since the 40s. And with that background and my grandmother’s mother who spent her life in a mental institution, she didn’t think my mother had a chance. Another example is the photograph I was show of my family on plantation steps. Or even the photograph of my third, maybe fourth great aunt, an ex slave wearing a fur coat. How’d she get that fur coat, I’d ask. Or how come this aunt is light and that ones not. And my grandmother would say, oh here’s another photo of the plantation owner (slave master), also your ancestor. The stories go on and on and got more scandalous and ridden with pain as I got older, some I can’t repeat, not yet.

Many people in the African diaspora don’t know their histories and even those that do, it’s more of an idea. These fragments, real and invented are my true medium and I’m still learning the best ways to convey their meanings. At the moment portraiture is the predominant way I attempt to make linkages between ancestral memory and art. None of us, and I speak particularly to black transgender folks, are new stand alone representations of ourselves. And through our faces and the faces of black folk in general I’m acknowledging a lost trajectory, forgotten ancestral knowledge and place our experiences within a context that isn’t just a manifestation  of colonialism or even post- colonial discourse. African cosmologies have always included us and I’d just like to tell that story.


As part of your residency at  WE DEY x space, we invited you to host an evening. Can you tell us more about what you have planned, who it is for and what are you imagining as a possible outcome?

I’ll be hosting two evenings in the space. One evening I’ll be screening a short documentary by long time friend and Intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis, called The Son I Never Had. Afterwards Pidgeon will Skype in and we’ll have a discussion about their experiences, activism, and how art/ media affects their life and struggle for change. This is for everyone. When we discuss LGBTQ lives, we still forget the I for Intersex. I hope this creates greater understanding of that experience for everyone and help us understand what we as artists can do for our community.

I’ll also be hosting a comic book workshop where we discuss character development, storyboarding and the history of Queer and POC comics.


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 we.dey.in@gmail.com

DEADLINE: 14th of February 2018, 12pm.

more infos HERE


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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: https://www.gofundme.com/MsMajorRetirement

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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: we.dey.in@gmail.com. ♥

“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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During her solo show “Threads of Selves” at WE DEY x SPACE, Sophie Utikal will organize a workshop for creating a collective textile painting. Black People and People of Color are invited to come together to translate their feelings into symbolic imageries and to sew them together into one big piece of cloth. 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. Sophie will provide all material necessary. There will be drinks and snacks. The workshop is for free. All skills are welcome.

Please send us an email to register for the workshop: we.dey.in@gmail.com
Bring your BPoC friends ♥


WE DEY is proud to present the first solo show by Sophie Utikal. 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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(the artist will be present)
18.10- 6-9pm
19.10 6-9pm
25.10 5-7.30pm
26.10 6-9pm

WORKSHOP For BPoc’s only: “Stitching Stories”
22th of October: 2pm

29th October 6pm: doors open
6.30pm: presentation by Sophie Utikal

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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?


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.