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

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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

AMOAKO BOAFO
‘Detoxing Masculinity’

22nd June – 8th July 2017
WE DEY x space

‘Detoxing Masculinity’ presents the latest self-portrait series of Amoako Boafo in a solo exhibition. The artist presents works that continue the explorations and engagement with personal narratives in relation to collective histories, as well as materiality, and process. The large-scale oil paintings underline Amoako Boafo’s multifaceted references from the fields of literature, iconography and traditional painting, inspired by his personal quest to free himself from society‘s norms and limitations.

In Detoxing Masculinity the artists reflects on his religious upbringing, toxic notions of masculinity and his transformation to self-validation and becoming. While disrupting the white gaze onto his naked Black body with non-stereotypical representations of Black masculinity, the series can be read as journey, longing for self-love and self-care. Black self-love is revolutionary in a world, which still sees the Black male body as something to be consumed, to be hyper-sexualized and at the same time something to be afraid of.

Sunanda Mesquita
curator/co-founder of WE DEY

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.

11.01.2016: 19.00 Vernissage WUK Projectraum (www.wuk.at)
Währinger Str. 59, 1090 Wien
“WE DEY show” with works by Amoako Boafo, Sunanda Mesquita, Belinda Kazeem, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Stephanie Misa, Darkmatter & Xana. Live performance by XANA (UK) and Djane Chilo!!
Amoako Boafo and Sunanda Mesquita will present insights in their process of initiating the artist archive WE-DEY.IN as well as invite artists they met on the way to participate in a group exhibition.
During the kültürgemma stipendium the two artists founded- WE DEY, an online platform for contemporary arts. WE DEY means “we are” in pidgin – an appropriation of the colonial language English which is spoken in former British colonies such as Ghana, Nigeria and by the West African diaspora both on the continent and living abroad.
The artists Sunanda Mesquita and Amoako Boafo aim to portray contemporary Black Artists and Artists of Colour based in Austria and abroad, creating a platform which enables networking and exchange.

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“Photography is an opportunity for me to engage deeply with things and it leads me to where my own vulnerabilities are.”

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“As bell hooks said- theory healed me. Reading theory that is about me and that speaks to me. But from a certain point onwards it wasn’t enough for me.”

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“Photography is a possibility to concentrate on one thing, to engage in artistic research that doesn’t need to be scientific research, that let’s me think on a much broader spectrum…” 

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The full interview will be coming up very soon- keep watching this space!