ISUSU · Queer Africa* & Herstory

20/08/2019

19:30 - 22:30

Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin

Admission is free - donations are encouraged

** This event is part of ISUSU Pan-African Festival 2019 · Black to the Future **

‘ISUSU’ means ‘us’ in Shona. This festival aims to bring us together as Africans* (diaspora) to celebrate ourselves while shedding lights on an intersectional, sustainable and queer Africa.

► QUEER AFRICA* & HERSTORY
· #TuesdayTalks · Talk · Music & Film screening

TUE, Aug 20th, 2019
Start: 19:30 h

We welcome you to be part of this special event where queer Afro-creatives will share their stories on how they are making an impact in the spaces around them. The incredible Adrian B, Selflovetribute and Mandhla will speak at this event. In addition, all the way from South Africa, we look forward to sharing with Levinia Pienaar who is documenting the experiences of lesbian women in her country. Discussion will be moderated by Classic Minority.

The Panel Discussion will be followed by a screening of VA-BENE: A PORTRAIT OF A GHANIAN ARTIST (2018) and feature film tackling head-on the topics of the evening.

We cannot wait to hear from these powerful and inspiring people

► FEATURING

· Levinia Pienaar ·

Levinia is a Gender activist, photographer, giving voices to ordinary women in Rural Western Cape by documenting their stories. She documented brutal lesbian killings and –funerals as well as the National Shutdown on 1 August 2018. Levinia is currently training young people how to use a camera and documenting their own stories. In addition, she is writing a book of ordinary women doing extraordinary things over the years in Rural Western Cape. Furthermore, Levinia has registered a company called LeNica Productions PTY(ltd) – documenting, filmmaking, empowering girls and women through a camera and writing.

· Adrian Blount · @House of Living Colors

Adrian is a movement and theatre artist based in Berlin. They hold a BA in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University and have worked in performance art mediums all over the world. Amongst theatre, they have taught anti racist and collective healing workshops with the f_antifa Kongress and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, co created the theatre collective- Blackism, performed at beloved Berlin theaters including Volksbühne, Künste-Werke Biennale, Sophiensaele, English Theatre Berlin, and Saavy Contemporary. Adrian also founded the drag/performance art collective House of Living Colors. They’ve also spoken on panels for Dice Festival and the Neues Deutches Congress. Adrian’s performance work is focused in non western/pre colonial ritual, intersectionality and activism.

· Selflovetribute ·

Selflovetribute is an African/French Queerfeminist visual and audio artist based in Berlin. Her work primarily focuses on portraiture, performance, and documentation through which Self Love Tribute explores the varying nuances of intersectional identity, gender, intimacy and vulnerability within womxn, communities of color, LGBTQIA+ communities and especially the intersectionality of those.

· Mandhla ·

Mandhla. is a 22 year old trans-feminine gender non-comforming body from Zimbabwe, Africa. As a current resident in Cologne, she brings a blend of experimental R&B and Soul music intertwined with visual projections and performative dancing. Her music speaks of the daily trials that Trans*, enby and femme* immigrant bodies experience daily with love, identity, sex and acceptance. A strong lover of fashion, the art of voguing and music, she promises to bring to you an experience that takes you to a world of beauty and divine epiphanies through fierce queer representation and black femme power.

· Classic Minority ·

Maissa Lihedheb, born in Germany to Tunisian immigrants. A major in Media & Entertainment Management, she wrote her dissertation about ‘Symbolic Annihilation in mass media & its effect on the identity of first-generation immigrants’. Maissa runs the Classic Minority Presents film series in which she screens films that are mainly directed by POC* Womxn &/or focus on POC Womxn narratives. She also runs the Curation & Panel discussions for the De:colonize Series run by 14km. She is currently writing a drama-comedy that narrates the story of Yasmin, a German-born with traditional Algerian ancestry. The story takes us through the lives of young immigrants in Berlin – the difficulties a big city bring in regards to dating, mental health, feeling misrepresented by the western/white narratives, & the internal battle they are already fighting with their past & identity.

· Va-Bene: A Portrait of a Ghanian Artist (2018) by Brenda Jorde

Short film screening in partnership with Transnational Queer Underground e.V. TQU – Transnational Queer Underground e.V. is a young non-profit association that fosters queer art and activism both on- and offline. The TQU network of transnational queer artists and activists has been active since 2009, organising photo contests, exhibitions, concerts, workshops and more. TQU aims to establish links beyond borders and to fight for the right for everyone to live the life they desire without facing discrimination.

► DONATIONS

This event is free to attend and open to all – donations are strongly recommended, as all proceeds will be going towards the artists and speakers.

LOCATION ·
be’kech [anticafé · coworking space · bar] Exerzierstr. 14
13357 Berlin- Wedding
(U8 + U9/ Pankstr., Osloer Str.)

· HOUSE RULES ·

We have no place for sexism, queerphobia, transphobia, any form of racism or discrimination such as anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish racism, and any sort of violent or aggressive behaviour. be’kech is a safe space for all, an open forum for dialogue, criticism and a place where we stand up for each other. If someone/something is bothering you, please approach a member of staff who are here to help!

· ACCESSIBILITY ·

There are three steps to enter be’kech and the bathrooms are on the lower level. Regrettably, the bathrooms are inaccessible for wheelchair users due to the design of the building.

Whilst the bathrooms are gendered by law, we encourage guests to use whichever facilities they identify with. Bathroom policing will not be tolerated.

· LINKS ·
selflovetribute.com
Classic Minority
House of Living Colors
Transnational Queer Underground
Photo: @dazzle_jam

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