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Decolonize Your Body: London

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Unit 5 Gallery (Hoxton Station)

The Yard, Yorkton St

Hackney

London

E2 8NH

United Kingdom

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how ancient does your body feel
when you finally come home to yourself?

— Damneet Kaur

Join us at Decolonize Your Body: an evening of art and performance exploring the reclamation of our bodies from colonial and eurocentric expectations. Decolonize Your Body aims to explore issues such as racialized violence, eurocentric beauty standards and reclamation of identity through artwork and performances by people of colour.

Date: Saturday, July 28th

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Unit 5 Gallery - The Yard, Yorkton St, Hackney, E2 8NH

Nearest Tube Station: Hoxton (8 minute walk)

Tickets: pay what you can

Proceeds from ticket sales cover event production costs and support our artists. There will also be an artist box at the event where you can contribute funds to the artists and performers who will be sharing their beautiful work with us.

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Artists and Speakers

Shagufta K Iqbal / @shaguftakiqbalpoet

Shagufta is an award-winning artist and poet who uses arts to reach out and engage with audiences who feel their experiences are not reflected within traditional and mainstream arts. Described by Gal Dem as a poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching – her narratives are important, heart-wrenching and relatable.’ Her poetry collection ‘Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam’, has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla as ‘a social political masterclass in its exploration of cities, cultures, race, food and family’. She has been performing and leading workshops for several years and has studied English Literature, Creative Studies and Gender Studies at Bath Spa University and Swansea University.

Amrit Matharu / @amarettosworld

Amrit is a BBC radio host, journalist and blogger who believes in embracing the positive. Having grown up in the small market town of Northampton with the absence of Asian friends, Amrit finds herself fascinated with topics and ideas within the Asian culture, especially those that are not necessarily explored so openly. In 2013, Amrit completed her degree in English Language and English Literature at De Montfort University whereby she produced an academic thesis on the exploration of the British-Asian female in novels by Nisha Minhas. Since university, her passion for such topics have centralised around the wider British-Asian ideologies that articulate through tradition and culture.

Jasmin Sehra / @jasminsehra

Jasmin Sehra is a London based artist passionate about music, empowerment and positivity through the arts and fashion whereby her work specifically focuses on portraiture, typography and music. Alumna of London College of Communication in Graphic and Media Design, she has been commissioned twice by MTV to design artwork for their London headquarters. She curates, styles and shoots her own photoshoots for her blog Paradise Girl and hosts a monthly radio show on platform Reform Radio. She has been featured on platforms including Mass Appeal and Refinery 29 as well as panel talks and short videos for London Fashion Weekend Festival and BBC Three.

Amani Saeed / @amaniexchange19

Amani Saeed is a London-born American-British-Indian-Middle-Eastern-etc spoken word artist. She is a member of the poetry collective The Yoniverse and has worked with the Roundhouse, the BBC, and the Huffington Post, among others. Her recently published collection with Burning Eye, Split, tackles a range of issues including the struggles of having a multifaceted identity, how to love after abuse, and being a ‘bad Muslim.’ Amani’s poetry has been described as ‘electric,’ ‘strident,’ and ‘brave.’ You can find more details about Amani at www.amani.life.

Salma El-Wardany / @salmaelwardany

Half Egyptian, half Irish writer, Salma El-Wardany is crazy, mad passionate about the female experience and how feminine identities are constructed and played out in today’s world. She’s currently working on her debut novel Burkas & Bikinis, building her own marketing business, and writing and performing spoken word poetry across the US and UK. You can find her drinking tea, eating copious amounts of cake and dressing down the patriarchy at every available opportunity.

Damneet Kaur / @_dkaur

Damneet Kaur is a writer and poet based in San Francisco, CA. Moving to the United States from Punjab, India at a young age and growing up in the community of Barrio Logan in San Diego, CA, Damneet connects her childhood experiences to her writing. She values and dedicates her time to the community that has raised her. As a first generation, low-income woman of color, Kaur finds it important to nurture the growth of our youth.

For her, poetry is one of the truest and most ancient forms in which people are able to tell their stories, validate their experiences and find solidarity amongst each other. Intersecting her Punjabi culture into the Latin@ community she was raised in, she hopes to create bridges that will empower women of color, while eliminating the illusion of borders.

Jasmin Kaur / @jusmun

Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and spoken word artist living on unceded Sto:lo territory. Her writing, which explores otherness, decolonization and the beauty of resistance, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. As a creative writing facilitator and teacher, Jasmin has been facilitating artistic workshops for young people for the last several years. Currently working on her debut poetry collection, her poetry and articles have been published in Harper's Bazaar India, NR Magazine, KaurLife Magazine and the Sikh Formations Journal.

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